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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.

Love Lives Beyond the Tomb

By John Clare

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew—
               I love the fond, . . .

"Love of My Flesh, Living Death"

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

Once I wasn’t always so plain.
I was strewn feathers on a cross
of dune, an expanse of ocean . . .

Love’s Philosophy

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
   And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever . . .

Love Song

By Dorothy Parker

My own dear love, he is strong and bold
      And he cares not what comes after.
His words ring sweet as a chime of gold, . . .

Lucinda Matlock

By Edgar Lee Masters

I went to the dances at Chandlerville,
And played snap-out at Winchester.
One time we changed partners, . . .

The Luggage

By Constance Urdang

Travel is a vanishing act
Only to those who are left behind.
What the traveler knows . . .

Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota

By James Wright

Over my head, I see the bronze butterfly,   
Asleep on the black trunk,
Blowing like a leaf in green shadow.    . . .

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