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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.

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
. . .

A Barred Owl

By Richard Wilbur

The warping night air having brought the boom
Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room,
We tell the wakened child that all she heard . . .

Barter

By Sara Teasdale

Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff, . . .

Battle-Hymn of the Republic

By Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fatal lightning of his terrible swift sword: . . .

Battlefield

By Mark Turcotte

Back when I used to be Indian
I am standing outside the
pool hall with my sister. . . .

Baudelaire

By Delmore Schwartz

When I fall asleep, and even during sleep,
I hear, quite distinctly, voices speaking
Whole phrases, commonplace and trivial,    . . .

'Be Music, Night'

By Kenneth Patchen

Be music, night,
That her sleep may go
Where angels have their pale tall choirs . . .