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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.

Pentatina for Five Vowels

By Campbell McGrath

Today is a trumpet to set the hounds baying.
The past is a fox the hunters are flaying.
Nothing unspoken goes without saying. . . .

The People, Yes

By Carl Sandburg

Lincoln?
He was a mystery in smoke and flags
Saying yes to the smoke, yes to the flags, . . .

Photo of a Girl on a Beach

By Carmen Giménez Smith

Once when I was harmless
and didn’t know any better,
. . .

Piano

By D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings . . .

Pietà

By Kevin Young

I hunted heaven
for him.
. . .

The Pilgrim

By John Bunyan

Who would true Valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will Constant be, . . .

The Pilgrims

By John McCrae


An uphill path, sun-gleams between the showers,
    Where every beam that broke the leaden sky . . .

Pity the Beautiful

By Dana Gioia

Pity the beautiful,
the dolls, and the dishes,
the babes with big daddies . . .

Piute Creek

By Gary Snyder

One granite ridge
A tree, would be enough
Or even a rock, a small creek, . . .

Plaint in a Major Key

By Jorge Sánchez

The rumble of the night sounds
even in the bright daylight
of morning. Life blooms amid . . .