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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.

Birthday Poem

By Al Young

First light of day in Mississippi
son of laborer & of house wife
it says so on the official photostat . . .

Black Boys Play the Classics

By Toi Derricotte

The most popular “act” in
Penn Station
is the three black kids in ratty . . .

A Black Man Talks of Reaping

By Arna Bontemps

I have sown beside all waters in my day.
I planted deep, within my heart the fear
that wind or fowl would take the grain away. . . .

A Blessing

By James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies . . .

Blind Curse

By Simon J. Ortiz

You could drive blind
for those two seconds
and they would be forever. . . .

The Bloody Sire

By Robinson Jeffers

It is not bad.  Let them play.
Let the guns bark and the bombing-plane
Speak his prodigious blasphemies. . . .

Blow, blow, thou winter wind

By William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
   Thou art not so unkind
      As man’s ingratitude; . . .

The Blues Don’t Change

By Al Young

And I was born with you, wasn’t I, Blues?
Wombed with you, wounded, reared and forwarded
from address to address, stamped, stomped . . .

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July — . . .

Boy and Egg

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Every few minutes, he wants
to march the trail of flattened rye grass
back to the house of muttering . . .