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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2015-2016 competition.

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By Hart Crane

O Carib Isle!

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

By Jennifer Chang

I will do everything you tell me, Mother.
I will charm three gold hairs
from the demon’s head....

By Linda Pastan

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

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

By Arthur O'Shaughnessy

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

By Thomas McGrath

1.

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

By Alexander Pope

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

By Kevin Young

Praise the restless beds
Praise the beds that do not adjust
     that won't lift the head to feed...

By Kevin Young

I want to be doused
in cheese
...

By Robert Duncan

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

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"I do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2015 ME POL Champion