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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.

Snowy Owl Near Ocean Shores

By Duane Niatum

A castaway blown south from the arctic tundra
sits on a stump in an abandoned farmer’s field.
Beyond the dunes cattails toss and bend as snappy . . .

So This Is Nebraska

By Ted Kooser

The gravel road rides with a slow gallop
over the fields, the telephone lines
streaming behind, its billow of dust . . .

So We'll Go No More a Roving

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

So, we'll go no more a roving
   So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving, . . .

The Soldier

By Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me:
      That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be . . .

Solitude

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, . . .

Somewhere

By Robert Creeley

The galloping collection of boards   
are the house which I afforded   
one evening to walk into . . .

Song

By Edmund Waller

Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows, . . .

Song After Campion

By Robert Fitzgerald

Ravished lute, sing to her virgin ears,   
Soft notes thy strings repeating;
Plucked harp, whose amorous song she hears,    . . .

Song for the Last Act

By Louise Bogan

Now that I have your face by heart, I look   
Less at its features than its darkening frame   
Where quince and melon, yellow as young flame,    . . .

Song: Go and catch a falling star

By John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,
    Get with child a mandrake root,
Tell me where all past years are, . . .