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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.

At Melville’s Tomb

By Hart Crane

Often beneath the wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeath
An embassy. Their numbers as he watched, . . .

At the New Year

By Kenneth Patchen

In the shape of this night, in the still fall
        of snow, Father
In all that is cold and tiny, these little birds . . .

At the Vietnam Memorial

By George Bilgere

The last time I saw Paul Castle
it was printed in gold on the wall
above the showers in the boys’ . . .

Author’s Prayer

By Ilya Kaminsky

If I speak for the dead, I must leave
this animal of my body,
. . .

The Author to Her Book

By Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, . . .

An Autumn Sunset

By Edith Wharton

I

Leaguered in fire . . .

Backdrop addresses cowboy

By Margaret Atwood

Starspangled cowboy
sauntering out of the almost-
silly West, on your face . . .

The Bad Old Days

By Kenneth Rexroth

The summer of nineteen eighteen   
I read The Jungle and The
Research Magnificent. That fall    . . .

Banneker

By Rita Dove

What did he do except lie
under a pear tree, wrapped in
a great cloak, and meditate . . .

Barber

By Larry Bradley

Learn from the man who spends much of his life speaking
             To the back of your head knowing what it means to follow
. . .