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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

On the Lawn at the Villa

By Louis Simpson

On the lawn at the villa—
That’s the way to start, eh, reader?
We know where we stand—somewhere expensive— . . .

On Virtue

By Phillis Wheatley

O thou bright jewel in my aim I strive
To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare
Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach. . . .

On What Planet

By Kenneth Rexroth

Uniformly over the whole countryside
The warm air flows imperceptibly seaward;
The autumn haze drifts in deep bands . . .

One Art

By Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster. . . .

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII

By Pablo Neruda

I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,   
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:   
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,    . . .

Onions

By William Matthews

How easily happiness begins by   
dicing onions. A lump of sweet butter   
slithers and swirls across the floor    . . .

Or,

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Or Oreo, or
worse. Or ordinary.
Or your choice    . . .

The Origin of Order

By Pattiann Rogers

Stellar dust has settled.
It is green underwater now in the leaves
Of the yellow crowfoot. Its vacancies are gathered together . . .

The Other Side of This World

By Calvin Forbes

Put my glad rags in a cardboard box—
This old jiggerboo never grew mature.
Is everthing in its place except me? . . .

Our Nature

By Rae Armantrout

The very flatness of portraits
makes for nostalgia
in the connoisseur. . . .