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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.

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’ . . .

August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower

By Twyla Hansen

In the middle of rolling grasslands, away from lights,
a moonless night untethers its wild polka-dots,
the formations we can name competing for attention . . .

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, . . .


By Franz Wright

Think of   a sheep
knitting a sweater;
think of   your life . . .

An Autumn Sunset

By Edith Wharton


Leaguered in fire . . .

Awaking in New York

By Maya Angelou

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

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