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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Patricia Smith

I was birthed restless and elsewhere
 
gut dragging and bulging with ball lightning, slush,...

By Mark Strand

In a field
I am the absence
of field....

Kin

By Maya Angelou

We were entwined in red rings   
Of blood and loneliness before   
The first snows fell ...

By Carl Phillips

—shored
by trees at its far ending,
as is the way in moral tales: ...

By Yusef Komunyakaa

  
        When deeds splay before us 
precious as gold & unused chances ...

By Robert Graves

Are you shaken, are you stirred
    By a whisper of love,
Spellbound to a word...

By Eleanor Ross Taylor

The fork lived with the knife
     and found it hard — for years
took nicks and scratches,...

By Gwendolyn Brooks

We are things of dry hours and the involuntary plan,
Grayed in, and gray. “Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong
Like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man.”...

By Carl Sandburg

In Abraham Lincoln’s city,
Where they remember his lawyer’s shingle,
The place where they brought him ...

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran ...

What People are Saying

"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion