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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.

Childhood’s Retreat

By Robert Duncan

It’s in the perilous boughs of the tree   
out of blue sky    the wind   
sings loudest surrounding me. . . .

The Chimney Sweeper: A little black thing among the snow

By William Blake

A little black thing among the snow,
Crying "weep! 'weep!" in notes of woe!
"Where are thy father and mother? say?" . . .

The Chimney Sweeper: When my mother died I was very young

By William Blake

When my mother died I was very young,
And my father sold me while yet my tongue
Could scarcely cry " 'weep! 'weep! 'weep! 'weep!" . . .

Choices

By Tess Gallagher

I go to the mountain side
of the house to cut saplings,
and clear a view to snow . . .

Chord

By Stuart Dybek

A man steps out of sunlight,
sunlight that streams like grace,
. . .

Chorus Sacerdotum

By Fulke Greville

O wearisome condition of humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound;
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity; . . .

The Cities Inside Us

By Alberto Ríos

We live in secret cities
And we travel unmapped roads.
. . .

Clear Night

By Charles Wright

Clear night, thumb-top of a moon, a back-lit sky.
Moon-fingers lay down their same routine
On the side deck and the threshold, the white keys and the black keys. . . .

The Clouded Morning

By Jones Very

The morning comes, and thickening clouds prevail,
    Hanging like curtains all the horizon round,
Or overhead in heavy stillness sail; . . .

Coda

By Basil Bunting

A strong song tows
us, long earsick.
Blind, we follow . . .