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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.

Layabout

By John Brehm

Do nothing and everything will be done,   
that's what Mr. Lao Tzu said, who walked   
around talking 2,500 years ago and    . . .

The Layers

By Stanley Kunitz

I have walked through many lives, some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being . . .

Lazy

By David Yezzi

I don’t say things I don’t want to say
or chew the fat with fat cats just because.
. . .

Le Maudit

By Richard Aldington

Women’s tears are but water;
The tears of men are blood.
. . .

Learning to Love America

By Shirley Geok-Lin Lim

because it has no pure products

because the Pacific Ocean sweeps along the coastline . . .

Learning to swim

By Bob Hicok

At forty-eight, to be given water,
which is most of the world, given life
in water, which is most of me, given ease, . . .

Leda

By H. D.

Where the slow river   
meets the tide,
a red swan lifts red wings . . .

Leda and the Swan

By William Butler Yeats

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, . . .

The Legend

By Garrett Hongo

In Chicago, it is snowing softly
and a man has just done his wash for the week.   
He steps into the twilight of early evening,    . . .

Lenten Song

By Phillis Levin

That the dead are real to us
Cannot be denied,
That the living are more real . . .