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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

By Muriel Rukeyser

I lived in the first century of world wars.
Most mornings I would be more or less insane,
The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, . . .

Poem about People

By Robert Pinsky

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

Poem for Haruko

By June Jordan

I never thought I’d keep a record of my pain
or happiness
like candles lighting the entire soft lace . . .

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, . . .

The Poets light but Lamps — (930)

By Emily Dickinson

The Poets light but Lamps —
Themselves — go out —
The Wicks they stimulate . . .

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 . . .