25 Lines and Fewer


ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the current Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Birth of John Henry

By Melvin B. Tolson

A Birthday

By Christina Rossetti

Black Boys Play the Classics

By Toi Derricotte

A Black Man Talks of Reaping

By Arna Bontemps


By Seamus Heaney

Bleeding Heart

By Carmen Giménez Smith

A Blessing

By James Wright

Blind Curse

By Simon J. Ortiz

The Bloody Sire

By Robinson Jeffers

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll
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