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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

By Margaret Walker

When I was a child I knew red miners
dressed raggedly and wearing carbide lamps.
I saw them come down red hills to their camps . . .

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 Children of the Poor

By Gwendolyn Brooks

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People who have no children can be hard: . . .

The Children's Hour

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Between the dark and the daylight,
      When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations, . . .

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.
. . .