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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Farmer

By W.D. Ehrhart

Each day I go into the fields to see what is growing
and what remains to be done.
It is always the same thing: nothing . . .

Fever

By Hailey Leithauser

The heat so peaked tonight
the moon can’t cool
. . .

Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch

By Alice Fulton

You sway like a crane to the tunes of tossed stones.
I am what you made to live in
from what you had: hair matted as kelp, bad schools. . . .

The Film

By Kate Northrop

Come, let’s go in.
The ticket-taker
has shyly grinned . . .

Finale

By Pablo Neruda

Matilde, years or days   
sleeping, feverish,   
here or there, . . .

“Find Work”

By Rhina P. Espaillat

My mother’s mother, widowed very young
of her first love, and of that love’s first fruit,
moved through her father’s farm, her country tongue . . .

Fire and Ice

By Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire . . .

First Night

By D. Nurkse

We brought that newborn home from Maimonides
and showed her nine blue glittering streets.
Would she like the semis with hoods of snow? . . .

First Poem for You

By Kim Addonizio

I like to touch your tattoos in complete
darkness, when I can’t see them. I’m sure of
where they are, know by heart the neat . . .

Fishing

By A. E. Stallings

The two of them stood in the middle water,
The current slipping away, quick and cold,
The sun slow at his zenith, sweating gold, . . .