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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Chimney Sweeper: When my mother died I was very young

By William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" . . .

Choices

By Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow . . .

Chord

By Stuart Dybek

A man steps out of sunlight,
sunlight that streams like grace,
. . .

Chorus Sacerdotum

By Fulke Greville

O wearisome condition of humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity; . . .

The Cities Inside Us

By Alberto Ríos

We live in secret cities
And we travel unmapped roads.
. . .

The Clouded Morning

By Jones Very

The morning comes, and thickening clouds prevail,
    Hanging like curtains all the horizon round,
Or overhead in heavy stillness sail; . . .

Coda

By Basil Bunting

A strong song tows
us, long earsick.
Blind, we follow . . .

Cold Blooded Creatures

By Elinor Wylie

Man, the egregious egoist,
(In mystery the twig is bent,)
Imagines, by some mental twist, . . .

Come into Animal Presence

By Denise Levertov

Come into animal presence.
No man is so guileless as
the serpent. The lonely white . . .

The Coming of the Plague

By Weldon Kees

September was when it began.
Locusts dying in the fields; our dogs
Silent, moving like shadows on a wall; . . .

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