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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.

Epitaph on the Tombstone of a Child, the Last of Seven that Died Before

By Aphra Behn


This Little, Silent, Gloomy Monument,
Contains all that was sweet and innocent ; . . .

Equus Caballus 

By Joel Nelson

I have run on middle fingernail through Eolithic morning,
I have thundered down the coach road with the Revolution’s warning.
I have carried countless errant knights who never found the grail. . . .

Eros Turannos

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

She fears him, and will always ask
   What fated her to choose him;
She meets in his engaging mask                   . . .

every single day

By John Straley

Suppose I said the word “springtime”
and I wrote the words “king salmon”
on a piece of paper . . .

Evolution of My Block

By Jacob Saenz

As a boy I bicycled the block
w/a brown mop top falling
into a tail bleached blond, . . .

Ex Libris

By Eleanor Wilner

By the stream, where the ground is soft
and gives, under the slightest pressure—even   
the fly would leave its footprint here    . . .

Ex Machina

By Linda Gregerson

When love was a question, the message arrived
in the beak of a wire and plaster bird. The coloratura
was hardly to be believed. For flight, . . .

Experience

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The lords of life, the lords of life,—
I saw them pass,
In their own guise, . . .

Experience

By Edith Wharton

I

Like Crusoe with the bootless gold we stand . . .

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