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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.

After the Gentle Poet Kobayashi Issa

By Robert Hass

New Year’s morning—
everything is in blossom!   
   I feel about average. . . .

After working sixty hours again for what reason

By Bob Hicok

The best job I had was moving a stone
from one side of the road to the other.
This required a permit which required . . .

Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun

By Emily Brontë

Ah! why, because the dazzling sun
Restored my earth to joy
Have you departed, every one, . . .

The Albatross

By Kate Bass

When I know you are coming home
I put on this necklace:
glass beads on a silken thread, . . .

All Hallows’ Eve

By Dorothea Tanning

Be perfect, make it otherwise.
Yesterday is torn in shreds.
Lightning’s thousand sulfur eyes . . .

All This and More

By Mary Karr

The Devil’s tour of hell did not include   
a factory line where molten lead   
spilled into mouths held wide, . . .

America

By Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess . . .

American Smooth

By Rita Dove

We were dancing—it must have
been a foxtrot or a waltz,
something romantic but . . .

The American Soldier

By Philip Freneau

Deep in a vale, a stranger now to arms,
Too poor to shine in courts, too proud to beg,
He, who once warred on Saratoga’s plains, . . .

American Solitude

By Grace Schulman

Hopper never painted this, but here   
on a snaky path his vision lingers:
. . .