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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.

In Praise of My Bed

By Meredith Holmes

At last I can be with you!
The grinding hours
since I left your side! . . .

In Praise of Pain

By Heather McHugh

A brilliance takes up residence in flaws—
a brilliance all the unchipped faces of design
refuse. The wine collects its starlets . . .

In School-days

By John Greenleaf Whittier

Still sits the school-house by the road,
   A ragged beggar sleeping;
Around it still the sumachs grow, . . .

In the Basement of the Goodwill Store

By Ted Kooser

In musty light, in the thin brown air
of damp carpet, doll heads and rust,
beneath long rows of sharp footfalls . . .

In the Desert

By Stephen Crane

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground, . . .

In the Past

By Trumbull Stickney

There lies a somnolent lake
Under a noiseless sky,
Where never the mornings break . . .

Infelix

By Adah Isaacs Menken

Where is the promise of my years;
    Once written on my brow?
Ere errors, agonies and fears . . .

Insect

By Annie Finch

That hour-glass-backed,
orchard-legged,
heavy-headed will, . . .

Inside Out

By Diane Wakoski

I walk the purple carpet into your eye
carrying the silver butter server
but a truck rumbles by, . . .

Insomnia

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of sleep . . .