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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.

Anthem for Doomed Youth

By Wilfred Owen

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
      Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle . . .

An Apology For Her Poetry

By Margaret Cavendish

I language want to dress my fancies in,
The hair's uncurled, the garment's loose and thin.
Had they but silver lace to make them gay, . . .

April Love

By Ernest Dowson

We have walked in Love's land a little way,
We have learnt his lesson a little while,
And shall we not part at the end of day, . . .

April Midnight

By Arthur Symons

Side by side through the streets at midnight,
Roaming together,
Through the tumultuous night of London, . . .

Aria

By David Barber

What if   it were possible to vanquish
All this shame with a wash of   varnish
Instead of wishing the stain would vanish? . . .

The Arrow and the Song

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight . . .

Ars Poetica

By Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute   
As a globed fruit,
. . .

The Art Room

By Shara McCallum

Because we did not have threads
of turquoise, silver, and gold,
we could not sew a sun nor sky. . . .

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell's . . .

At Cross Purposes

By Samuel Menashe

      1
Is this writing mine
Whose name is this . . .