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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.

Richard Cory

By Edwin Arlington Robinson

Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown, . . .

Riprap

By Gary Snyder

Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
             placed solid, by hands . . .

The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter

By Ezra Pound

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse, . . .

The River Now

By Richard Hugo

Hardly a ghost left to talk with. The slavs moved on
or changed their names to something green. Greeks gave up   
old dishes and slid into repose. Runs of salmon thin    . . .

The River of Bees

By W. S. Merwin

In a dream I returned to the river of bees
Five orange trees by the bridge and
Beside two mills my house . . .

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood . . .

Romance

By Claude McKay

To clasp you now and feel your head close-pressed,
Scented and warm against my beating breast;
. . .

Rondeau

By Leigh Hunt


Jenny kissed me when we met,
    Jumping from the chair she sat in; . . .

The Room

By Conrad Aiken

Through that window — all else being extinct
Except itself and me — I saw the struggle
Of darkness against darkness. Within the room . . .

The Rose

By Jean Valentine

a labyrinth,
as if at its center,
god would be there— . . .

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