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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.

Weighing In

By Rhina P. Espaillat

What the scale tells you is how much the earth
has missed you, body, how it wants you back
again after you leave it to go forth . . .

The Well Rising

By William E. Stafford

The well rising without sound,
the spring on a hillside,
the plowshare brimming through deep ground . . .

[What horror to awake at night]

By Lorine Niedecker

What horror to awake at night
and in the dimness see the light.
               Time is white . . .

What It Does

By David Ferry

The sea bit,
As they said it would,
And the hill slid, . . .

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why

By Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain . . .

What to Say Upon Being Asked to Be Friends

By Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Why speak of hate, when I do bleed for love?
Not hate, my love, but Love doth bite my tongue
Till I taste stuff that makes my rhyming rough . . .

What You Have to Get Over

By Dick Allen

Stumps. Railroad tracks. Early sicknesses, the blue one, especially.
Your first love rounding a corner,
that snowy minefield. . . .

The Wheel Revolves

By Kenneth Rexroth

You were a girl of satin and gauze
Now you are my mountain and waterfall companion.   
Long ago I read those lines of Po Chu I    . . .

When All My Five and Country Senses See

By Dylan Thomas

When all my five and country senses see,
The fingers will forget green thumbs and mark   
How, through the halfmoon’s vegetable eye,    . . .

When I Am Asked

By Lisel Mueller

When I am asked   
how I began writing poems,   
I talk about the indifference of nature.    . . .