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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.

First Night

By D. Nurkse

We brought that newborn home from Maimonides
and showed her nine blue glittering streets.
Would she like the semis with hoods of snow? . . .

First Poem for You

By Kim Addonizio

I like to touch your tattoos in complete
darkness, when I can’t see them. I’m sure of
where they are, know by heart the neat . . .

First Storm and Thereafter

By Scott Cairns

What I notice first within
          this rough scene fixed
in memory is the rare . . .

Fishing

By A. E. Stallings

The two of them stood in the middle water,
The current slipping away, quick and cold,
The sun slow at his zenith, sweating gold, . . .

Fishing on the Susquehanna in July

By Billy Collins

I have never been fishing on the Susquehanna
or on any river for that matter
to be perfectly honest. . . .

A Fit of Rhyme against Rhyme

By Ben Jonson

Rhyme, the rack of finest wits,
That expresseth but by fits
True conceit, . . .

A Fixed Idea

By Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant; and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind . . .

Flaxman

By Margaret Fuller

We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought . . .

Flies Buzzing

By Mark Turcotte

As a child I danced
to the heartful, savage
rhythm . . .

Flirtation

By Rita Dove

After all, there’s no need
to say anything
. . .