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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.

Flood: Years of Solitude

By Dionisio D. Martínez

To the one who sets a second place at the table anyway.   

To the one at the back of the empty bus. . . .

Flounder

By Natasha Trethewey

Here, she said, put this on your head.
She handed me a hat.
You ’bout as white as your dad, . . .

Flying Lesson

By Dolores Hayden

Focus on the shapes. Cirrus, a curl,
stratus, a layer, cumulus, a heap.
. . .

Follow Thy Fair Sun

By Thomas Campion

Follow thy fair sun, unhappy shadow,
Though thou be black as night
And she made all of light, . . .

Football

By Louis Jenkins

I take the snap from the center, fake to the right, fade back...
I've got protection. I've got a receiver open downfield...
What the hell is this? This isn't a football, it's a shoe, a man's . . .

For a Traveler

By Jessica Greenbaum

I only have a moment so let me tell you the shortest story,
about arriving at a long loved place, the house of friends in Maine,
their lawn of wildflowers, their grandfather clock and candid . . .

For Allen Ginsberg

By X J Kennedy

Ginsberg, Ginsberg, burning bright,   
Taunter of the ultra right,   
What blink of the Buddha’s eye    . . .

For Love

By Robert Creeley

Yesterday I wanted to
speak of it, that sense above   
the others to me . . .

For My Contemporaries

By J. V. Cunningham

How time reverses
The proud in heart!
I now make verses . . .

For My Daughter

By Weldon Kees

Looking into my daughter’s eyes I read   
Beneath the innocence of morning flesh   
Concealed, hintings of death she does not heed. . . .