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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.

Ice Bound

By Walter Bargen

Sky’s gray sheet spreads icy rain.
Through the night we heard the branches cracking.
Now they bend with the bowed ache of apostrophes. . . .

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 . . .