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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 Tables Turned

By William Wordsworth

Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks; . . .

Tall Ambrosia

By Henry David Thoreau

Among the signs of autumn I perceive
The Roman wormwood (called by learned men
Ambrosia elatior, food for gods,— . . .

Testimonial

By Rita Dove

Back when the earth was new
and heaven just a whisper,
back when the names of things . . .

A Thank-You Note

By Michael Ryan

My daughter made drawings with the pens you sent,
line drawings that suggest the things they represent,
different from any drawings she — at ten — had done, . . .

That Country

By Grace Paley

This is about the women of that country
Sometimes they spoke in slogans
They said . . .

Their Bodies

By David Wagoner

That gaunt old man came first, his hair as white
As your scoured tables. Maybe you’ll recollect him
By the scars of steelmill burns on the backs of his hands, . . .

Their Story

By Stuart Dybek

They were nearing the end of their story.
The fire was dying, like the fire in the story.
Each page turned was torn and fed . . .

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House

By Emily Dickinson

There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House,
As lately as Today —
I know it, by the numb look . . .

They are hostile nations

By Margaret Atwood

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In view of the fading animals . . .

They Feed They Lion

By Philip Levine

Out of burlap sacks, out of bearing butter,
Out of black bean and wet slate bread,
Out of the acids of rage, the candor of tar, . . .

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