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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.

God's Grandeur

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil . . .

The Goddess Who Created This Passing World

By Alice Notley

The Goddess who created this passing world
Said Let there be lightbulbs & liquefaction
Life spilled out onto the street, colors whirled . . .

Golden Retrievals

By Mark Doty

Fetch? Balls and sticks capture my attention
seconds at a time. Catch? I don’t think so.
Bunny, tumbling leaf, a squirrel who’s—oh . . .

The Golden Shovel

By Terrance Hayes


          after Gwendolyn Brooks

  . . .

The Good-Morrow

By John Donne

I wonder, by my troth, what thou and I
Did, till we loved? Were we not weaned till then?
But sucked on country pleasures, childishly? . . .

Good People

By W. S. Merwin

From the kindness of my parents   
I suppose it was that I held   
that belief about suffering    . . .

Grandfather

By Michael S. Harper


In 1915 my grandfather’s
neighbors surrounded his house . . .

The Grauballe Man

By Seamus Heaney

As if he had been poured
in tar, he lies
on a pillow of turf . . .

Gravelly Run

By A. R. Ammons

I don’t know somehow it seems sufficient
to see and hear whatever coming and going is,
losing the self to the victory . . .

A Graveyard

By Marianne Moore

Man, looking into the sea—
taking the view from those who have as much right to it as you have it to yourself—
it is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing . . .

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