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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.

Poem about People

By Robert Pinsky

The jaunty crop-haired graying   
Women in grocery stores,   
Their clothes boyish and neat,    . . .

Poem for My Twentieth Birthday

By Kenneth Koch

Passing the American graveyard, for my birthday
the crosses stuttering, white on tropical green,
the years’ quick focus of faces I do not remember . . . . . .

The Poet

By Yone Noguchi

Out of the deep and the dark,
A sparkling mystery, a shape,
Something perfect, . . .

The Poet at Seventeen

By Larry Levis

My youth? I hear it mostly in the long, volleying
Echoes of billiards in the pool halls where
I spent it all, extravagantly, believing . . .

The Poet Orders His Tomb

By Edgar Bowers

I summon up Panofskv from his bed
    Among the famous dead
To build a tomb which, since I am not read, . . .

A Poison Tree

By William Blake

I was angry with my friend; 
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:  . . .

Pome

By Elizabeth Spires

From flowering gnarled trees
they come, weighing down
the branches, dropping . . .

The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd

By Alberto Ríos

Ventura because she was hungry and because
She was curious—but more because she was curious—
Took the dare, a kiss for a pomegranate. . . .

Poor Angels

By Edward Hirsch

At this hour the soul floats weightlessly
through the city streets, speechless and invisible,
astonished by the smoky blend of grays and golds . . .

Portrait d'une Femme

By Ezra Pound

Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea,
      London has swept about you this score years
And bright ships left you this or that in fee: . . .