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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.

In the Past

By Trumbull Stickney

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

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, . . .

Incident

By Countee Cullen

Once riding in old Baltimore,
   Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean . . .

Infelix

By Adah Isaacs Menken

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

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 . . .

Insomnia

By Dana Gioia

Now you hear what the house has to say.  
Pipes clanking, water running in the dark,   
the mortgaged walls shifting in discomfort,    . . .

Insomnia and the Seven Steps to Grace

By Joy Harjo

At dawn the panther of the heavens peers over the edge of the world.   
She hears the stars gossip with the sun, sees the moon washing her lean   
darkness with water electrified by prayers. All over the world there are those    . . .