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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.

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    . . .

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,
. . .