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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.


By Kay Ryan

Surfaces serve
their own purposes,
strive to remain . . .

Surprised by Joy

By William Wordsworth

Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb, . . .

Susie Asado

By Gertrude Stein

Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea.
       Susie Asado.
Sweet sweet sweet sweet sweet tea. . . .

The Sweater of Vladimir Ussachevsky

By John Haines

Facing the wind of the avenues
one spring evening in New York,
I wore under my thin jacket . . .

Sweet Tooth

By Russell Edson

A little girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice was eaten by someone with a sweet tooth the size of an elephant’s tusk.
         Ah, he said, this darn tooth, it’s driving me nuts.
. . .


By Stephen Dunn

Just when it has seemed I couldn’t bear   
   one more friend   
waking with a tumor, one more maniac    . . .


By Amy Clampitt

Like the foghorn that’s all lung,
the wind chime that’s all percussion,   
like the wind itself, that’s merely air    . . .

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