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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.

Confessions

By Robert Browning

What is he buzzing in my ears?
"Now that I come to die,
Do I view the world as a vale of tears?" . . .

The Conqueror Worm

By Edgar Allan Poe

Lo! ’t is a gala night
   Within the lonesome latter years!   
An angel throng, bewinged, bedight . . .

The Consent

By Howard Nemerov

Late in November, on a single night
Not even near to freezing, the ginkgo trees
That stand along the walk drop all their leaves . . .

Constancy to an Ideal Object

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Since all that beat about in Nature's range,
Or veer or vanish; why should'st thou remain
The only constant in a world of change, . . .

Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Constantly risking absurdity
                                             and death
            whenever he performs . . .

Contraction

By Ravi Shankar

Honest self-scrutiny too easily mutinies,
    mutates into false memories
Which find language a receptive host, . . .

The Convergence of the Twain

By Thomas Hardy

I
            In a solitude of the sea
            Deep from human vanity, . . .

Conversation

By Ai

We smile at each other
and I lean back against the wicker couch.   
How does it feel to be dead? I say. . . .

Cool Tombs

By Carl Sandburg

When Abraham Lincoln was shoveled into the tombs, he forgot the copperheads and the assassin ... in the dust, in the cool tombs.

And Ulysses Grant lost all thought of con men and Wall Street, cash and collateral turned ashes ... in the dust, in the cool tombs. . . .

Corn Maze

By David Barber

Here is where
You can get nowhere
Faster than ever . . .