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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 My Dear and Loving Husband

By Anne Bradstreet

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man, . . .

To Solitude

By Alice Cary

I am weary of the working,
   Weary of the long day’s heat;
To thy comfortable bosom, . . .

To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

By Robert Herrick

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today . . .

To the Western World

By Louis Simpson

A siren sang, and Europe turned away
From the high castle and the shepherd’s crook.   
Three caravels went sailing to Cathay . . .

Tomorrow

By Dennis O'Driscoll

                             I

Tomorrow I will start to be happy. . . .

Torque

By David Rivard

After his ham & cheese in the drape factory cafeteria,
having slipped by the bald shipping foreman
to ride a rattling elevator to the attic . . .

Touch Me

By Stanley Kunitz

Summer is late, my heart.
Words plucked out of the air   
some forty years ago . . .

Translations from the English

By George Starbuck

Pigfoot (with Aces Under) Passes

The heat’s on the hooker.    . . .

Traveling through the Dark

By William E. Stafford

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: . . .

The Treasure

By Robinson Jeffers

Mountains, a moment’s earth-waves rising and hollowing; the earth too’s an ephemerid; the stars—
Short-lived as grass the stars quicken in the nebula and dry in their summer, they spiral
Blind up space, scattered black seeds of a future; nothing lives long, the whole sky’s . . .