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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.

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. . . .

A Locked House

By W. D. Snodgrass

As we drove back, crossing the hill,
The house still
Hidden in the trees, I always thought— . . .

London

By William Blake

I wander thro' each charter'd street,
Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. 
And mark in every face I meet . . .

Looking into History

By Richard Wilbur

I.

Five soldiers fixed by Mathew Brady’s eye    . . .