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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the current Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

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

Behold and soak like a sponge.   
I have discovered that the island of Puerto Rico   
is the ears of Saru-Saru, a poet reputed to have lived    . . .

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 . . .

Hip-Hop Ghazal

By Patricia Smith

Gotta love us brown girls, munching on fat, swinging blue hips,
decked out in shells and splashes, Lawdie, bringing them woo hips.
. . .

History Lesson

By Natasha Trethewey

I am four in this photograph, standing   
on a wide strip of Mississippi beach,   
my hands on the flowered hips . . .