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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 Vacuum

By Howard Nemerov

The house is so quiet now
The vacuum cleaner sulks in the corner closet,
Its bag limp as a stopped lung, its mouth . . .

Vain and Careless

By Robert Graves

Lady, lovely lady,
   Careless and gay!
Once when a beggar called . . .

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

By John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away,
   And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say . . .

Valentine

By Elinor Wylie

Too high, too high to pluck
My heart shall swing.
A fruit no bee shall suck, . . .

Valentine

By Lorna Dee Cervantes

Cherry plums suck a week’s soak,
overnight they explode into the scenery of before
your touch. The curtains open on the end of our past. . . .

Video Blues

By Mary Jo Salter

My husband has a crush on Myrna Loy,
and likes to rent her movies, for a treat.
It makes some evenings harder to enjoy. . . .

Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field one Night

By Walt Whitman

Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;
When you my son and my comrade dropt at my side that day,
One look I but gave which your dear eyes return’d with a look I shall never forget, . . .

A Virginal

By Ezra Pound

No, no! Go from me. I have left her lately.
I will not spoil my sheath with lesser brightness,   
For my surrounding air hath a new lightness; . . .

Virtuosi

By Lisel Mueller

People whose lives have been shaped
by history—and it is always tragic—
do not want to talk about it, . . .

Vixen

By W. S. Merwin

Comet of stillness princess of what is over
       high note held without trembling without voice without sound
aura of complete darkness keeper of the kept secrets . . .