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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.

Romance

By Claude McKay

To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed,
Scented and warm against my beating breast;
. . .

Rondeau

By Leigh Hunt


Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in; . . .

The Room

By Conrad Aiken

Through that window — all else being extinct
Except itself and me — I saw the struggle
Of darkness against darkness. Within the room . . .

The Rose

By Jean Valentine

a labyrinth,
as if at its center,
god would be there— . . .

Russell Market

By Maurya Simon

What I want most is what I deeply fear:
loss of self; yet here I stand, a “memsahib,”
all decked out in wonder, and still a stranger . . .

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