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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.

Fable for Blackboard

By George Starbuck

Here is the grackle, people.
Here is the fox, folks.
The grackle sits in the bracken. The fox    . . .

The Fair Singer

By Andrew Marvell

To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree, . . .

Fairy-tale Logic

By A. E. Stallings

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat, . . .

Faith

By David Baker

It was midday before we noticed it was morning.
The boy cousins brought us a tray—soup and cheese,
warm soda, and a soft cloth and candy for her fever. . . .

The Faithful

By Jane Cooper

Once you said joking slyly, If I’m killed
I’ll come to haunt your solemn bed,
I’ll stand and glower at the head . . .

Famous

By Naomi Shihab Nye

The river is famous to the fish.

The loud voice is famous to silence, . . .

The Farmer

By W.D. Ehrhart

Each day I go into the fields to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing . . .

Fever

By Hailey Leithauser

The heat so peaked tonight
the moon can’t cool
. . .

Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch

By Alice Fulton

You sway like a crane to the tunes of tossed stones.
I am what you made to live in
from what you had: hair matted as kelp, bad schools. . . .

The Film

By Kate Northrop

Come, let’s go in.
The ticket-taker
has shyly grinned . . .

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