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Only poems in the Poetry Out Loud print or online anthologies are eligible for competition. Due to copyright issues and the need to periodically refresh the Poetry Out Loud anthology, some poems have been retired. The following poems have been removed from the anthology and are ineligible for the 2015-2016 season.

  • Adding It Up by Philip Booth
  • Agoraphobia by Linda Pastan
  • Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100 by Martín Espada
  • The Alphabet by Karl Shapiro
  • 'Alone' by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Altruism by Molly Peacock
  • Ancapagari by Carolyn Forché
  • Ancestor by Jimmy Santiago Baca
  • And Death Shall Have No Dominion by Dylan Thomas
  • The Applicant by Sylvia Plath
  • An Arundel Tomb by Philip Larkin
  • Aubade by Edith Sitwell
  • aunt jemima by Lucille Clifton
  • Authority by W.S. Merwin

 

    • Baseball by Gail Mazur
    • Baudelaire by Delmore Schwartz
    • Beat! Beat! Drums! by Walt Whitman
    • Beautiful Black Men by Nikki Giovanni
    • Beauty by Tony Hoagland
    • Becune Point by Derek Walcott
    • The Bells of San Blas by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    • Birches by Robert Frost
    • Birthday Poem by Al Young
    • The Blackstone Rangers by Gwendolyn Brooks
    • The Blues Don't Change by Al Young
    • Booker T. and W.E.B. by Dudley Randall
    • Buckroe after the Season by Virginia Adair
    • Buried at Springs by James Schuyler

     

      • Calling Him Back from Layoff by Bob Hicok
      • The Canonization by John Donne
      • Carmel Point by Robinson Jeffers
      • Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Taylor
      • Celebration for June 24 by Thomas McGrath
      • Come Up from the Fields, Father by Walt Whitman
      • Conversation by Ai
      • The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

       

        • Detroit, Tomorrow by Phillip Levine
        • Dog by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
        • Domestic Violence by Eavan Boland
        • Doña Josefina Counsels Doña Concepción Before Entering Sears by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
        • A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
        • Duende by Tracy K. Smith

         

          • Easter, 1916 by William Butler Yeats
          • Ego by Denise Duhamel
          • The Empty Dance Shoes by Cornelius Eady
          • The End of Science Fiction by Liesel Mueller
          • The Evening of the Mind by Donald Justice

           

            • Facing It by Yusef Komunyakaa
            • Father's Old Blue Cardigan by Anne Carson
            • Fermanagh Cave by Sherod Santos
            • Fever 103° by Sylvia Plath
            • Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch by Alice Fulton
            • The Fire Fetched Down by George Bradley
            • The Flea by John Donne
            • For Fiddle-de-de by John Hollander
            • For My People by Margaret Walker
            • Forgetfulness by Billy Collins
            • Frederick Douglass by Robert Hayden
            • Freeway 280 by Lorna Dee Cervantes

             

              • Glass by A.R. Ammons
              • The Glove and the Lions by Leigh Hunt
              • The Great Blue Heron by Carolyn Kizer

               

                • Happiness by Paisley Rekdal
                • Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan
                • Hearing your words, and not a word among them by Edna St. Vincent Millay
                • Heaven by Cathy Song
                • Her Kind by Anne Sexton
                • Himself by Thomas Lynch
                • A Hundred Bolts of Satin by Kay Ryan

                 

                  • I am the People, the Mob by Carl Sandburg
                  • I Am Waiting by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
                  • I Go Back to May 1937 by Sharon Olds
                  • I Grant You Ample Leave by George Eliot
                  • The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens
                  • If— by Rudyard Kipling
                  • Immigrant Picnic Gregory Djanikian
                  • In My Craft or Sullen Art by Dylan Thomas
                  • Incident by Countee Cullen 
                  • Insomnia and the Seven Steps to Grace by Joy Harjo
                  • Interior at Petworth: From Turner by Rosanna Warren
                  • Iowa City: Early April by Robert Hass
                  • Isla by Virgil Suarez

                   

                  • Janet Waking by John Crowe Ransom

                   

                      • Keeping Things Whole by Mark Strand
                      • The Kiss by W.S. DiPiero
                      • Kissing Stieglitz Good-Bye by Gerald Stern

                       

                        • Late Echo by John Ashbery
                        • The Lifeguard by James Dickey
                        • Like Rousseau by Amiri Baraka
                        • Lincoln, Man of the People by Edwin Markham
                        • Lincoln by Delmore Schwartz
                        • Lissadell by Wendy Cope
                        • Litany by Billy Collins

                         

                          • Ma Rainey by Sterling A. Brown
                          • Madmen by Billy Collins
                          • The Man with the Hoe by Edwin Markham
                          • The Man-Moth by Elizabeth Bishop
                          • A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown by Walt Whitman
                          • The Meaning of the Shovel by Martín Espada
                          • Meditations on the South Valley: Part XX by Jimmy Santiago Baca
                          • Mechanism by A.R. Ammons
                          • Mending Wall by Robert Frost
                          • The Minefield by Diane Thiel
                          • the mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
                          • Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
                          • The Mower by Philip Larkin
                          • Mr. Edwards and the Spider by Robert Lowell
                          • Mrs. Krikorian by Sharon Olds
                          • Musical Moment by Virgina Adair

                           

                            • The Natural Child by Helen Leigh 
                            • The Net by Babette Deutsch
                            • The New World by Amiri Baraka
                            • News by Thomas Traherne
                            • Next Day by Randall Jarrell

                             

                              • O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman
                              • Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats
                              • The Old Swimmin’ Hole by James Whitcomb Riley
                              • On Hurricane Jackson by Alan Dugan
                              • On Pickiness by Rodney Jones
                              • On What Planet by Kenneth Rexroth
                              • The Orange by Wendy Cope
                              • Ovation by Carol Muske-Dukes

                               

                                • The Painter by John Ashbery 
                                • Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
                                • Playing Dead by Andrew Hudgins
                                • Poem with One Fact by Donald Hall
                                • The Poet at Seventeen by Larry Levis
                                • The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd by Alberto Rios
                                • Progressive Health by Carl Dennis

                                 

                                  • Report to Crazy Horse by William E. Stafford
                                  • Rhapsody by Frank O’Hara
                                  • Reverie in Open Air by Rita Dove
                                  • Rock and Hawk by Robinson Jeffers
                                  • The Room by Conrad Aiken
                                  • Rough Music by Deborah Digges

                                   

                                    • Salomé by Ai
                                    • Saturday's Child by Countee Cullen
                                    • Scary Movies by Kim Addonizio
                                    • The Secret of the Machines by Rudyard Kipling
                                    • Sentimental by Albert Goldbarth
                                    • Sestina: Like by A.E. Stallings
                                    • Sheet Music by Bridget Kelly 
                                    • Shine, Perishing Republic by Robinson Jeffers
                                    • Shirt by Robert Pinsky
                                    • The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert Service
                                    • Siren Song by Margaret Atwood
                                    • The Slave Auction by France Ellen Watkins Harper
                                    • Somewhere to Paris by Richard Blanco
                                    • A Song for Soweto by June Jordan
                                    • Sonnet CXVI: Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds by William Shakespeare
                                    • Sonnet CXXX: My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing like the Sun by William Shakespeare
                                    • The Spider by Richard Eberhart
                                    • Spring Letter by Carl Dennis
                                    • Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
                                    • Strange Meeting by WIlfred Owen
                                    • A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg
                                    • Switchblade by Michael Ryan
                                    • Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

                                     

                                      • Teaching English from an Old Composition Book by Gary Soto
                                      • Theme for English B by Langston Hughes
                                      • These Poems, She Said by Robert Bringhurst
                                      • They Feed They Lion by Philip Levine
                                      • Thoughts in a Zoo by Countee Cullen
                                      • To My Mother by Wendell Berry
                                      • To Spareness by Jane Hirshfield
                                      • The Treasure by Robinson Jeffers
                                      • The Truth about Small Towns by David Baker

                                       

                                        • Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton

                                         


                                        • Vigil Strange I I Kept on the Field one Night by Walt Whitman

                                         

                                          • Walking Down Park by Nikki Giovanni
                                          • War is Kind by Stephen Crane
                                          • What For by Garret Hongo
                                          • What Work Is by Philip Levine
                                          • When All My Five and Country Senses See by Dylan Thomas
                                          • Who Understands Me but Me by Jimmy Santiago Baca
                                          • Why I Am Not a Painter by Frank O’Hara
                                          • Wild Peaches by Elinor Wylie
                                          • Windigo by Louise Erdrich
                                          • Writ on the Steps of Puerto Rican Harlem by Gregory Corso
                                          • The Writer by Richard Wilbur