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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.

The Second Coming

By William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; . . .

The Secret Garden

By Rita Dove

I was ill, lying on my bed of old papers,
when you came with white rabbits in your arms;
and the doves scattered upwards, flying to mothers, . . .

Seen Through a Window

By David Ferry

A man and a woman are sitting at a table.
It is supper time. The air is green. The walls
Are white in the green air, as rocks under water . . .

Self-Employed

By David Ignatow

I stand and listen, head bowed,
to my inner complaint.
Persons passing by think . . .

Self-Help

By Michael Ryan

What kind of delusion are you under?
The life he hid just knocked you flat.
You see the lightning but not the thunder. . . .

Self-Inquiry Before the Job Interview

By Gary Soto

Did you sneeze?
Yes, I rid myself of the imposter inside me.
. . .

Self-Portrait

By Chase Twichell

I know I promised to stop
talking about her,
but I was talking to myself. . . .

Self-Portrait

By Robert Creeley

He wants to be
a brutal old man,
an aggressive old man, . . .

Semblance: Screens

By Liz Waldner

A moth lies open and lies
like an old bleached beech leaf,
a lean-to between window frame and sill. . . .

September, 1918

By Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, . . .