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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the current Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

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 Rose

By Jean Valentine

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

Russell Market

By Maurya Simon

What I want most is what I deeply fear:
loss of self; yet here I stand, a “memsahib,”
all decked out in wonder, and still a stranger . . .

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