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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.

To David, About His Education

By Howard Nemerov

The world is full of mostly invisible things,
And there is no way but putting the mind’s eye,
Or its nose, in a book, to find them out, . . .

To the Desert

By Benjamin Alire Sáenz

I came to you one rainless August night.
You taught me how to live without the rain.
You are thirst and thirst is all I know. . . .

To Elsie

By William Carlos Williams

The pure products of America
go crazy—
mountain folk from Kentucky . . .

To Fashion

By Elizabeth Moody

Gay Fashion thou Goddess so pleasing,
   However imperious thy sway;
Like a mistress capricious and teasing, . . .

To the Harbormaster

By Frank O'Hara

I wanted to be sure to reach you;
though my ship was on the way it got caught   
in some moorings. I am always tying up    . . .

To Helen

By Edgar Allan Poe

Helen, thy beauty is to me
   Like those Nicéan barks of yore,
That gently, o'er a perfumed sea, . . .

To Her Father with Some Verses

By Anne Bradstreet

Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same . . .

To Live with a Landscape

By Constance Urdang

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Take your boulevards, your Locust Street,
Your Chestnut, Pine, your Olive, . . .

To Lucasta, Going to the Wars

By Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
         That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind . . .

To Luck

By W. S. Merwin

In the cards and at the bend in the road
we never saw you
in the womb and in the crossfire . . .