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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 Night of the Shirts

By W. S. Merwin

Oh pile of white shirts who is coming
to breathe in your shapes to carry your numbers
to appear . . .

Nineteen-Fourteen: The Soldier

By Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
      That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be . . .

No Coward Soul Is Mine

By Emily Brontë

No coward soul is mine
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere
I see Heaven's glories shine . . .

No Moon Floods the Memory of That Night

By Etheridge Knight

No moon floods the memory of that night
only the rain I remember the cold rain
against our faces and mixing with your tears . . .

Nocturne

By Li-Young Lee

That scraping of iron on iron when the wind   
rises, what is it? Something the wind won’t   
quit with, but drags back and forth. . . .

Nocturne

By Louise Glück

Mother died last night,
Mother who never dies.
. . .

A Noiseless Patient Spider

By Walt Whitman

A noiseless patient spider,
I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,
Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, . . .

Not for That City

By Charlotte Mew

Not for that city of the level sun,
     Its golden streets and glittering gates ablaze—
     The shadeless, sleepless city of white days, . . .

Not Guilty

By David Rivard

The days are dog-eared, the edges torn,   
ragged—like those pages   
I ripped once out of library books, . . .

Not Here

By Jane Kenyon

Searching for pillowcases trimmed   
with lace that my mother-in-law
once made, I open the chest of drawers    . . .

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