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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2016-2017 competition.

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By Patricia Smith
By Mark Strand


By Maya Angelou
By Carl Phillips
By Yusef Komunyakaa
By Robert Graves
By Eleanor Ross Taylor
By Gwendolyn Brooks
By Carl Sandburg
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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