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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.

Hap

By Thomas Hardy

If but some vengeful god would call to me
From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing,
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, . . .

Happiness

By Jane Kenyon

There’s just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet . . .

Happiness

By Paisley Rekdal

I have been taught never to brag but now
I cannot help it: I keep
a beautiful garden, all abundance, . . .

Harp Song of the Dane Women

By Rudyard Kipling

What is a woman that you forsake her,
And the hearth-fire and the home-acre,
To go with the old grey Widow-maker? . . .

Hartley Field

By Connie Wanek

The wind cooled as it crossed the open pond
and drove little waves toward us,
brisk, purposeful waves . . .

[He Lived—Childhood Summers]

By Lorine Niedecker

He lived—childhood summers
    thru bare feet
then years of money’s lack . . .

The Healing Improvisation of Hair

By Jay Wright

If you undo your do you would
be strange. Hair has been on my mind.
I used to lean in the doorway . . .

The Heaven of Animals

By James L. Dickey

Here they are. The soft eyes open.   
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood. . . .

The Heavenly City

By Stevie Smith

I sigh for the heavenly country,
Where the heavenly people pass,
And the sea is as quiet as a mirror . . .

Helen

By H. D.

All Greece hates   
the still eyes in the white face,   
the lustre as of olives    . . .

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