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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.

The Light the Dead See

By Frank Stanford

There are many people who come back
After the doctor has smoothed the sheet
Around their body . . .

Light Shining out of Darkness

By William Cowper

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God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform; . . .

Like Rousseau

By Amiri Baraka

She stands beside me, stands away,
the vague indifference
of her dreams. Dreaming, to go on, . . .

Lincoln

By Vachel Lindsay

Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all,
That which is gendered in the wilderness
From lonely prairies and God’s tenderness. . . .

Linnaeus in Lapland

By Lorine Niedecker

Nothing worth noting
except an Andromeda
with quadrangular shoots— . . .

Lions

By Sandra McPherson

Lions don’t need your help. In the Serengeti,
For instance, one thousand like the very rich
. . .

The Listeners

By Walter De La Mare

‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller,   
   Knocking on the moonlit door;
And his horse in the silence champed the grasses    . . .

Listening

By Jean Valentine

My whole life I was swimming listening
beside the daylight world like a dolphin beside a boat
. . .

Little Father

By Li-Young Lee

I buried my father
in the sky.
Since then, the birds . . .

Little Girl

By Tami Haaland

She’s with Grandma in front
of Grandma’s house, backed
by a willow tree, gladiola and roses. . . .