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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.

Ecology

By Jack Collom

Surrounded by bone, surrounded by cells,
by rings, by rings of hell, by hair, surrounded by
air-is-a-thing, surrounded by silhouette, by honey-wet bees, yet . . .

Eddie Priest’s Barbershop & Notary

By Kevin Young

is music    is men
off early from work    is waiting
for the chance at the chair . . .

El Olvido

By Judith Ortiz Cofer

It is a dangerous thing
to forget the climate of your birthplace,
to choke out the voices of dead relatives . . .

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    . . .