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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.

O Carib Isle!

By Hart Crane

O Carib Isle!

The tarantula rattling at the lily’s foot . . .

The Obligation to Be Happy

By Linda Pastan

It is more onerous
than the rites of beauty
or housework, harder than love. . . .

The Ocean

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves, . . .

Ode 

By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers . . .

Ode for the American Dead in Asia

By Thomas McGrath

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God love you now, if no one else will ever, . . .

Ode on a Grecian Urn

By John Keats

Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness,
       Thou foster-child of silence and slow time,
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express . . .

Ode on Solitude

By Alexander Pope

Happy the man, whose wish and care
   A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air, . . .

Ode to the Midwest

By Kevin Young

I want to be doused
in cheese
. . .

Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

By Robert Duncan

as if it were a scene made-up by the mind,   
that is not mine, but is a made place,
. . .

['Often rebuked, yet always back returning']

By Emily Brontë

Often rebuked, yet always back returning
    To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning . . .

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