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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.

Interlude

By Amy Lowell

When I have baked white cakes
And grated green almonds to spread upon them;
When I have picked the green crowns from the strawberries . . .

An Introduction to My Anthology

By Marvin Bell

Such a book must contain—
it always does!—a disclaimer.
I make no such. For here . . .

Introduction to the Songs of Innocence

By William Blake

Piping down the valleys wild 
Piping songs of pleasant glee 
On a cloud I saw a child.  . . .

Inventing a Horse

By Meghan O'Rourke

Inventing a horse is not easy. One must not only think of the horse.
One must dig fence posts around him.
One must include a place where horses like to live; . . .

Invictus

By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be . . .

Invitation to Love

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Come when the nights are bright with stars
Or come when the moon is mellow;
Come when the sun his golden bars . . .

Is My Team Ploughing

By A. E. Housman

“Is my team ploughing,
   That I was used to drive
And hear the harness jingle . . .

Isla

By Virgil Suárez

In Los Angeles I grew up watching The Three Stooges,
The Little Rascals, Speed Racer,
and the Godzilla movies,
. . .

Israfel

By Edgar Allan Poe

In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
   “Whose heart-strings are a lute”;   
None sing so wildly well . . .

It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one . . .