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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

Hap

By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: “Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, . . .

Harp Song of the Dane Women

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker? . . .

[He Lived—Childhood Summers]

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack . . .

The Heavenly City

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror . . .

Hedgehog

By Paul Muldoon

The snail moves like a
Hovercraft, held up by a
Rubber cushion of itself, . . .

Helen

By H. D.

All Greece hates   
the still eyes in the white face,   
the lustre as of olives    . . .

Her Kind

By Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,   
haunting the black air, braver at night;   
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch    . . .

Here

By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop, . . .

Here Is an Ear Hear

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Is the ocean really inside seashells
                     or is it all in your mind?

                                                —PICHON DE LA ONCE . . .

The Hill

By Joshua Mehigan

On the crowded hill bordering the mill,
across the shallow stream, nearer than they seem,
they wait and will be waiting. . . .

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