Find Poems & Poets

Menu

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

Domestic Situation

By Ernest Hilbert

Maybe you’ve heard about this. Maybe not.
A man came home and chucked his girlfriend’s cat
In the wood chipper. This really happened. . . .

The Donkey

By G. K. Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked
   And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood . . .

Double Dutch

By Gregory Pardlo

The girls turning double-dutch
bob & weave like boxers pulling
punches, shadowing each other, . . .

The Doubt of Future Foes

By Queen Elizabeth I

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects’ faith doth ebb, . . .

Dover Beach

By Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm tonight.
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light . . .

Dream Song 14

By John Berryman

Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.   
After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns,   
we ourselves flash and yearn, . . .

Dreamers

By Siegfried Sassoon

Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.   
In the great hour of destiny they stand, . . .

Dressing My Daughters

By Mark Jarman

One girl a full head taller
Than the other—into their Sunday dresses.
First, the slip, hardly a piece of fabric, . . .

Driving in Oklahoma

By Carter Revard

On humming rubber along this white concrete,
lighthearted between the gravities
of source and destination like a man . . .

Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River

By Robert Bly

I
I am driving; it is dusk; Minnesota.
The stubble field catches the last growth of sun.    . . .