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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.

Mourning Poem for the Queen of Sunday

By Robert Hayden

Lord’s lost Him His mockingbird,   
       His fancy warbler;
       Satan sweet-talked her, . . .

Movement Song

By Audre Lorde

I have studied the tight curls on the back of your neck   
moving away from me
beyond anger or failure . . .

The Mower

By Philip Larkin

The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found   
A hedgehog jammed up against the blades,   
Killed. It had been in the long grass. . . .

Mowing

By Robert Frost

There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself; . . .

Mrs. Adam

By Kathleen Norris

Wake up,
you’ll need your wits about you.
This is not a dream, . . .

Mrs. Caldera’s House of Things

By Gregory Djanikian

You are sitting in Mrs. Caldera’s kitchen,
you are sipping a glass of lemonade
and trying not to be too curious about . . .

Mrs. Kessler

By Edgar Lee Masters

Mr. Kessler, you know, was in the army,
And he drew six dollars a month as a pension,
And stood on the corner talking politics, . . .

mulberry fields

By Lucille Clifton

they thought the field was wasting
and so they gathered the marker rocks and stones and
piled them into a barn    they say that the rocks were shaped . . .

Musical Moment

By Virginia Hamilton Adair

Always the caravan of sound made us halt   
to admire the swinging and the swift go-by   
of beasts with enormous hooves and heads    . . .

The Man with the Hoe

By Edwin Markham

Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans   
Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground,   
The emptiness of ages in his face, . . .