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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.

Sad Boy's Sad Boy

By Charles Bernstein

I ruin my hats and all the mat slides glad
I hop my girls and all is skip again
I jump I run you up inside my truck . . .

Sadie and Maud

By Gwendolyn Brooks

Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed at home.
Sadie scraped life . . .

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers (124)

By Emily Dickinson

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers -
Untouched by Morning - 
and untouched by noon - . . .

Saint Francis and the Sow

By Galway Kinnell

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower, . . .

Saturday’s Child

By Countee Cullen

Some are teethed on a silver spoon,
   With the stars strung for a rattle;
I cut my teeth as the black raccoon— . . .

Say not the Struggle nought Availeth

By Arthur Hugh Clough

Say not the struggle nought availeth,
     The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth, . . .

Sea Fever

By John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,
 
I must go down to the seas . . .

The Second Coming

By William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; . . .

The Secret Garden

By Rita Dove

I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
when you came with white rabbits in your arms;
and the doves scattered upwards, flying to mothers, . . .

Seen Through a Window

By David Ferry

A man and a woman are sitting at a table.
It is supper time. The air is green. The walls
Are white in the green air, as rocks under water . . .

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