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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.

The Birth of John Henry

By Melvin B. Tolson

A Birthday

By Christina Rossetti

Birthday Poem

By Al Young

Black Boys Play the Classics

By Toi Derricotte

A Black Man Talks of Reaping

By Arna Bontemps


By Seamus Heaney


By Sylvia Plath

The Blackstone Rangers

By Gwendolyn Brooks

A Blessing

By James Wright

Blind Curse

By Simon J. Ortiz