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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.

Song in a Minor Key

By Dorothy Parker

There's a place I know where the birds swing low,
      And wayward vines go roaming,
Where the lilacs nod, and a marble god . . .

a song in the front yard

By Gwendolyn Brooks

I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.    . . .

Song of Myself: 35

By Walt Whitman

Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?
Would you learn who won by the light of the moon and stars?
List to the yarn, as my grandmother’s father the sailor told it to me. . . .

Song of the Powers

By David Mason

Mine, said the stone,
mine is the hour.
I crush the scissors, . . .

Song of the Shattering Vessels

By Peter Cole

Either the world is coming together,
or else the world is falling apart —
     here — now — along these letters, . . .

The Song of the Smoke

By W. E. B. Du Bois

I am the Smoke King
I am black!
I am swinging in the sky, . . .

Song: to Celia [“Drink to me only with thine eyes”]

By Ben Jonson

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
         And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup, . . .

Song: to Celia [Come, my Celia, let us prove]

By Ben Jonson

Come, my Celia, let us prove,
While we can, the sports of love;
Time will not be ours forever; . . .

The Songs of Maximus: Song 1

By Charles Olson


                     colored pictures
of all things to eat: dirty . . .

The Songs of Maximus: Song 2

By Charles Olson

all
wrong
            And I am asked—ask myself (I, too, covered    . . .