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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.

Ice Child

By John Haines

Cold for so long, unable to speak,
yet your mouth seems framed
on a cry, or a stifled question. . . .

Idea 20: An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still

By Michael Drayton


An evil spirit, your beauty, haunts me still,
Wherewith, alas, I have been long possess'd, . . .

Idea 43: Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace

By Michael Drayton

Why should your fair eyes with such sovereign grace
Disperse their rays on every vulgar spirit,
Whilst I in darkness in the self-same place . . .

Idea 61: Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part

By Michael Drayton

Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part.
Nay, I have done, you get no more of me;
And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart, . . .

The Idler

By Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

An idle lingerer on the wayside's road,
  He gathers up his work and yawns away;
  A little longer, ere the tiresome load . . .

[if mama / could see]

By Lucille Clifton

if mama
could see
she would see . . .

Ikebana

By Cathy Song

To prepare the body,
aim for the translucent perfection
you find in the sliced shavings . . .

Ill-Advised Love Poem

By John Yau

Come live with me
And we will sit
. . .

The Illiterate

By William Meredith

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand . . .

Immigrant Picnic

By Gregory Djanikian

It's the Fourth of July, the flags
are painting the town,
the plastic forks and knives . . .