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ONLY poems listed here or in the current printed anthology are eligible for the 2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud competition. More information here.

Calmly We Walk through This April’s Day

By Delmore Schwartz

Calmly we walk through this April’s day,   
Metropolitan poetry here and there,   
In the park sit pauper and rentier,    . . .

Camouflaging the Chimera

By Yusef Komunyakaa

We tied branches to our helmets.
We painted our faces & rifles
with mud from a riverbank, . . .

The Campus on the Hill

By W. D. Snodgrass

Up the reputable walks of old established trees
They stalk, children of the nouveaux riches; chimes
Of the tall Clock Tower drench their heads in blessing:    . . .

Candles

By Carl Dennis

If on your grandmother's birthday you burn a candle   
To honor her memory, you might think of burning an extra   
To honor the memory of someone who never met her,    . . .

The Canonization

By John Donne

For God's sake hold your tongue, and let me love,
         Or chide my palsy, or my gout,
My five gray hairs, or ruined fortune flout, . . .

Carmel Highlands

By Janet Loxley Lewis

Below the gardens and the darkening pines
The living water sinks among the stones,
Sinking yet foaming till the snowy tones . . .

Carnival

By Rebecca Lindenberg

The mask that burns like a violin, the mask
that sings only dead languages, that loves
the destruction of being put on. The mask . . .

Cartoon Physics, part 1

By Nick Flynn

Children under, say, ten, shouldn't know
that the universe is ever-expanding,   
inexorably pushing into the vacuum, galaxies . . .

Catch a Little Rhyme

By Eve Merriam

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
. . .

Cathedral of Salt

By Nick Flynn

Beneath all this I’m carving a cathedral
of salt. I keep
. . .