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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, . . .

The Seekers of Lice

By Arthur Rimbaud

When the child's forehead, full of red torments,
Implores the white swarm of indistinct dreams,
There come near his bed two tall charming sisters . . .

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. . . .