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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2017-2018 competition.

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By Wendy Cope

Last year we went to Lissadell.
The sun shone over Sligo Bay
And life was good and all was well....

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   ...

By Li-Young Lee

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

By Tami Haaland

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

By Matthew Shenoda

For those of us young
healthy
we will face the mourning of our elders....

By Paul Muldoon

When I put my finger to the hole they've cut for a dimmer switch   
in a wall of plaster stiffened with horsehair   
it seems I've scratched a two-hundred-year-old itch   ...

By W. D. Snodgrass

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

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 ...

By Richard Wilbur

I.

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

By Eavan Boland

I have two daughters.

They are all I ever wanted from the earth....

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to like Poetry Out Loud, truthfully. My first year, I did not want to compete at all.Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with the program and have learned so much about poetry, performing, and expression throughout the last three years."
Gabrielle Hunt
2017 NV POL Champion