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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.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here    . . .

Strange Meeting

By Wilfred Owen

It seemed that out of battle I escaped
Down some profound dull tunnel, long since scooped
Through granites which titanic wars had groined. . . .

The Strength of Fields

By James L. Dickey



Moth-force a small town always has,    . . .

Sugar Dada

By J. Allyn Rosser

Go home. It's never what you think it is,
The kiss, the diamond, the slamdance pulse in the wrist.
Nothing is true, my dear, not even this . . .

Summer at North Farm

By Stephen Kuusisto

Fires, always fires after midnight,
the sun depending in the purple birches
. . .

The Sun Rising

By John Donne

               Busy old fool, unruly sun,
               Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us? . . .

Surfaces

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 . . .

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