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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.

Helen

By H. D.

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

Her Head

By Joan Murray

Near Ekuvukeni,
in Natal, South Africa,
a woman carries water on her head. . . .

Her Kind

By Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,   
haunting the black air, braver at night;   
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch    . . .

Here

By Joshua Mehigan

Nothing has changed. They have a welcome sign,
a hill with cows and a white house on top,
a mall and grocery store where people shop, . . .

Here Is an Ear Hear

By Victor Hernández Cruz

Is the ocean really inside seashells
                     or is it all in your mind?

                                                —PICHON DE LA ONCE . . .

Here Where Coltrane Is

By Michael S. Harper

Soul and race
are private dominions,
memories and modal . . .

Hero

By Paul Engle

I
I have heard the horn of Roland goldly screaming
In the petty Pyrenees of the inner ear . . .

High Noon at Los Alamos

By Eleanor Wilner

To turn a stone
with its white squirming
underneath, to pry the disc . . .

The Hill

By Joshua Mehigan

On the crowded hill bordering the mill,
across the shallow stream, nearer than they seem,
they wait and will be waiting. . . .

Himself

By Thomas P. Lynch

He’ll have been the last of his kind here then.
The flagstones, dry-stone walls, the slumping thatch,
out-offices and cow cabins, the patch . . .