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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 Minks

By Toi Derricotte

In the backyard of our house on Norwood,
there were five hundred steel cages lined up,
each with a wooden box . . .

Mirror

By James Merrill

I grow old under an intensity
Of questioning looks. Nonsense,
I try to say, I cannot teach you children . . .

Mockingbird

By Hailey Leithauser

No other song
                    or swoop (part
       quiver, part swivel and . . .

Momma Said

By Calvin Forbes

The slice I ate I want it back
Those crumbs I swept up
I’d like my share again . . .

Monet Refuses the Operation

By Lisel Mueller

Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration . . .

Monstrance Man

By Ricardo Pau-Llosa

As a boy he had trouble speaking,
past three before a real word preened
from his lips. And for the longest time, . . .

The moon now rises to her absolute rule

By Henry David Thoreau

The moon now rises to her absolute rule,
And the husbandman and hunter
Acknowledge her for their mistress. . . .

More Lies

By Karin Gottshall

Sometimes I say I’m going to meet my sister at the café—
even though I have no sister—just because it’s such
a beautiful thing to say. I’ve always thought so, ever since . . .

Mortal Sorrows

By Rodney Jones

The tortures of lumbago consumed Aunt Madge,
And Leah Vest, once resigned from schoolmarming,
Could not be convinced to leave the house, . . .

The Mothering Blackness

By Maya Angelou

She came home running
       back to the mothering blackness   
       deep in the smothering blackness . . .