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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.

Abandoned Farmhouse

By Ted Kooser

He was a big man, says the size of his shoes
on a pile of broken dishes by the house;
a tall man too, says the length of the bed . . .

Across the Bay

By Donald Davie

A queer thing about those waters: there are no

Birds there, or hardly any.

I did not miss them, I do not remember

Missing them, or thinking it uncanny. . . .

Actaeon

By A. E. Stallings

The hounds, you know them all by name.
You fostered them from purblind whelps
At their dam’s teats, and you have come . . .

Adlestrop

By Edward Thomas

Yes. I remember Adlestrop—
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there . . .

The Affliction of Richard

By Robert Bridges

Love not too much. But how,
When thou hast made me such,
And dost thy gifts bestow, . . .

After a Rainstorm

By Robert Wrigley

Because I have come to the fence at night,
the horses arrive also from their ancient stable.
They let me stroke their long faces, and I note . . .

After the Disaster

By Abigail Deutsch

One night, not long after the disaster,
as our train was passing Astor,
the car door opened with a shudder . . .

After the Winter

By Claude McKay

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
     And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves . . .

The Albatross

By Kate Bass

When I know you are coming home
I put on this necklace:
glass beads on a silken thread, . . .

All Hallows’ Eve

By Dorothea Tanning

Be perfect, make it otherwise.
Yesterday is torn in shreds.
Lightning’s thousand sulfur eyes . . .

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