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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 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
. . .

Floating Island

By Dorothy Wordsworth

Harmonious Powers with Nature work
On sky, earth, river, lake, and sea:
Sunshine and storm, whirlwind and breeze . . .