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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

The Cities Inside Us

By Alberto Ríos

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

The City of Sleep

By Rudyard Kipling

Over the edge of the purple down,
   Where the single lamplight gleams,
Know ye the road to the Merciful Town . . .

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. . . .

Clothespins

By Stuart Dybek

I once hit clothespins   
for the Chicago Cubs.   
I'd go out after supper    . . .

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 . . .

Cold Blooded Creatures

By Elinor Wylie

Man, the egregious egoist,
(In mystery the twig is bent,)
Imagines, by some mental twist, . . .

The Collar

By George Herbert

I struck the board, and cried, "No more;
                         I will abroad!
What? shall I ever sigh and pine? . . .

Come into Animal Presence

By Denise Levertov

Come into animal presence.
No man is so guileless as
the serpent. The lonely white . . .

The Coming of the Plague

By Weldon Kees

September was when it began.
Locusts dying in the fields; our dogs
Silent, moving like shadows on a wall; . . .