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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.

Elegy on Toy Piano

By Dean Young

You don't need a pony
to connect you to the unseeable
or an airplane to connect you to the sky. . . .

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

By Wallace Stevens

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. . . .

Emplumada

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

When summer ended
the leaves of snapdragons withered
taking their shrill-colored mouths with them. . . .

The Empty Dance Shoes

By Cornelius Eady

My friends,
As it has been proven in the laboratory,
An empty pair of dance shoes . . .

The End of Science Fiction

By Lisel Mueller

This is not fantasy, this is our life.
We are the characters
who have invaded the moon, . . .

End of Summer

By Stanley Kunitz

An agitation of the air, A perturbation of the light
Admonished me the unloved year
Would turn on its hinge that night. . . .

The End of the World

By Dana Gioia

“We're going,” they said, “to the end of the world.”   
So they stopped the car where the river curled,   
And we scrambled down beneath the bridge    . . .

England in 1819

By Percy Bysshe Shelley

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King;
Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
Through public scorn,—mud from a muddy spring; . . .

The Enigma

By Anne Stevenson

Falling to sleep last night in a deep crevasse
between one rough dream and another, I seemed,
still awake, to be stranded on a stony path, . . .

Enough

By Suzanne Buffam

I am wearing dark glasses inside the house
To match my dark mood.
  . . .