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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.

They Flee From Me

By Thomas Wyatt

They flee from me that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek, . . .

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

By Wallace Stevens

I
Among twenty snowy mountains,   
The only moving thing    . . .

This Most Perfect Hill

By Lisa Jarnot

On this most perfect hill
with these most perfect dogs
are these most perfect people . . .

Those Various Scalpels

By Marianne Moore

Those
various sounds, consistently indistinct, like intermingled echoes
   struck from thin glasses successively at random— . . .

Those Winter Sundays

By Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached . . .

Thou Art My Lute

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thou art my lute, by thee I sing,—
     My being is attuned to thee.
Thou settest all my words a-wing, . . .

Thoughtless Cruelty

By Charles Lamb

There, Robert, you have kill'd that fly ,
And should you thousand ages try
The life you've taken to supply, . . .

Thoughts in a Zoo

By Countee Cullen

They in their cruel traps, and we in ours,
Survey each other’s rage, and pass the hours
Commiserating each the other’s woe, . . .

A Thousand Martyrs

By Aphra Behn

A thousand martyrs I have made,
   All sacrificed to my desire;
A thousand beauties have betrayed, . . .

Through a Glass Eye, Lightly

By Carolyn Kizer

In the laboratory waiting room
containing
one television actor with a teary face . . .