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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.

Cathedral of Salt

By Nick Flynn

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

Celebration for June 24

By Thomas McGrath

Before you, I was living on an island
And all around the seas of that lonely coast
Cast up their imitation jewels, cast . . .

A Celebration of Charis: I. His Excuse for Loving

By Ben Jonson

Let it not your wonder move,
Less your laughter, that I love.
Though I now write fifty years, . . .

A Certain Kind of Eden

By Kay Ryan

It seems like you could, but you can’t go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It’s all too deep for that. . . .

Channel Firing

By Thomas Hardy

That night your great guns, unawares,
Shook all our coffins as we lay,
And broke the chancel window-squares, . . .

The Charge of the Light Brigade

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward, . . .

Chez Jane

By Frank O'Hara

The white chocolate jar full of petals
swills odds and ends around in a dizzying eye   
of four o’clocks now and to come. The tiger,    . . .

Chicago and December

By W. S. Di Piero

Trying to find my roost   
one lidded, late afternoon,   
the consolation of color    . . .

Childhood

By Margaret Walker

When I was a child I knew red miners
dressed raggedly and wearing carbide lamps.
I saw them come down red hills to their camps . . .

Childhood’s Retreat

By Robert Duncan

It’s in the perilous boughs of the tree   
out of blue sky    the wind   
sings loudest surrounding me. . . .