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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.

Our Nature

By Rae Armantrout

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


By Carol Muske-Dukes

I try to make myself afraid,
the way you must have been afraid,   
stepping out onto this stage— . . .

Over and Under

By John Brehm

So sexy to slide under-
neath a river,
to sit inside this . . .

Over the Roofs

By Sara Teasdale


Oh chimes set high on the sunny tower    . . .

The Owl

By Edward Thomas

Downhill I came, hungry, and yet not starved;
Cold, yet had heat within me that was proof
Against the North wind; tired, yet so that rest . . .

Ox Cart Man

By Donald Hall

In October of the year,
he counts potatoes dug from the brown field,   
counting the seed, counting    . . .


By Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, . . .

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