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

Katrina

By Patricia Smith

I was birthed restless and elsewhere
 
gut dragging and bulging with ball lightning, slush, . . .

The Kiss

By Robert Graves

Are you shaken, are you stirred
    By a whisper of love,
Spellbound to a word . . .

Kitchen Fable

By Eleanor Ross Taylor

The fork lived with the knife
     and found it hard — for years
took nicks and scratches, . . .

kitchenette building

By Gwendolyn Brooks

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.” . . .