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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.

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, . . .

“Alone”

By Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring . . .

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:
. . .

Amor Mundi

By Christina Rossetti

“Oh where are you going with your love-locks flowing
   On the west wind blowing along this valley track?”
“The downhill path is easy, come with me an it please ye, . . .