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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.

At Cross Purposes

By Samuel Menashe

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Is this writing mine
Whose name is this . . .

At Melville’s Tomb

By Hart Crane

Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeath
An embassy. Their numbers as he watched, . . .

At the New Year

By Kenneth Patchen

In the shape of this night, in the still fall
        of snow, Father
In all that is cold and tiny, these little birds . . .

At the Vietnam Memorial

By George Bilgere

The last time I saw Paul Castle
it was printed in gold on the wall
above the showers in the boys’ . . .

Author’s Prayer

By Ilya Kaminsky

If I speak for the dead, I must leave
this animal of my body,
. . .

The Author to Her Book

By Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, . . .

An Autumn Sunset

By Edith Wharton

I

Leaguered in fire . . .

Awaking in New York

By Maya Angelou

Curtains forcing their will   
against the wind,
children sleep, . . .

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