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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.

Rain

By Kazim Ali

With thick strokes of ink the sky fills with rain.
Pretending to run for cover but secretly praying for more rain.
. . .

The Rain

By Robert Creeley

All night the sound had
come back again,
and again falls . . .

Rain of Statues

By Sarah Lindsay

Our general was elsewhere, but we drowned.
While he rested, he shipped us home
with the bulk of  his spoils . . .

Recuerdo

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

We were very tired, we were very merry—
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable— . . .

A Red, Red Rose

By Robert Burns

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody . . .

The Redeemer

By Siegfried Sassoon

Darkness: the rain sluiced down; the mire was deep;   
It was past twelve on a mid-winter night,
When peaceful folk in beds lay snug asleep;    . . .

Reflections on History in Missouri

By Constance Urdang

This old house lodges no ghosts!
Those swaggering specters who found their way
Across the Atlantic . . .

Refusing Silence

By Tess Gallagher

Heartbeat trembling
your kingdom
of leaves . . .

Remarks on Poetry and the Physical World

By Mary Barnard

After reading Ash Wednesday
she looked once at the baked beans
and fled. Luncheonless, poor girl, . . .

Requests for Toy Piano

By Tony Hoagland

Play the one about the family of the ducks
where the ducks go down to the river
and one of them thinks the water will be cold . . .

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