My Favorite Poem


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My Favorite Poem 2012

My Favorite Poem 2011

My Favorite Poem 2010


MY FAVORITE POEM READERS 2006-2016

Abbott, Valerie
2006 "The Touch of the Master's Hand" by Myra B. Welch
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Allen, Janice
2016 "Human Family" by Maya Angelou
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Austin, Joyce
2009 "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer
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Baggett, Jim
2016 "The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson
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Bailey, Jimsey
2008 "'Tis Mirth that Fills the Veins with Blood" by Francis Beaumont
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Bates, Jess
2011 "Little Word, Little White Bird" by Carl Sandburg
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Bates, Kelsey
2011 "I am the People, the Mob" by Carl Sandburg
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Beck, Jerri
2014 "The Trash Dragon of Shensi" by Andrew Glaze
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Graves, Thomas
2015 "To Be a Pilgrim" by John Bunyan
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Burgins, B. J. Jr. 
2015 "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
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Boliek, Robert
2006 "In Memory of W.B. Yeats" by W.H. Auden
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Cardwell, Philip
2012 "The Old Witch Winks & Before Terror Comes Tyranny" (both anonymous)
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Carter, Joanna
2006 "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll
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Chapman, Sadie
2006 "Annabelle Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe
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Christian, Mel
2012 "First Moment" by Sam Shepard
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Cole, Devin
2011 "The Davenport Lunar Eclipse" by Jim Harrison
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Colvin, Bill
2007 "The Face on the Barroom Floor" by Hugh A. D'Arcy
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Conrad, Rob
2013 "Welcome Home" by Jane-Ann Heitmueller
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Cooper, Sophia 
2015 "The Clown's Prayer" Anonymous
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Craig, Artemis
2014 "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
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Creel, Chatham
2014 "June Jazz" by Irina-Miranova Mirumir
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Crist, Amanda
2012 "Birthday" by Andrea Gibson
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Cunningham, Carolyn "Mickey"
2010 "Kidnap" by Nikki Giovanni
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Curtis, Barry
2015 "Palm Reader" by Rebecca Campbell
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Davidson, Rodney
2006 "Loveliest of Trees" by A.E. Housman
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Dameron, Tom
2012 "My Life" (words and music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney)
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Davis, Christopher
2009 "If" by Rudyard Kipling
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Dawson, Frank
2008 "Incident of the French Camp" by Robert Browning
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Dawson, Joan
2008 "Sit Beside the Fire" & "In Western Lands" by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Dennis, Thomas Neil
2014 "It's Alright Ma" by Bob Dylan
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Denson, Sadie T.
2010 "I, Too" & "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
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Dill, Todd
2008 "To My Beloved Self" by Greg Purcell
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Donnelly, Meridian
2016 "Goodbye Our Red Flag" by Yevgeny Yevtushenko
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Downs, Elizabeth
2007 "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot (excerpts)
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Downs, Scott
2011 "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest L. Thayer (aka Phin)
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Dykes, Rachael
2007 "Love Poem" by Gregory Orr
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Edmondson, Steve
2011 "Patterns" by Amy Lowell
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Eggers, Danielle
2011 "The Lion and the Lily" by Elizabeth Spires
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Feldman, Jeannie
2015 "May the Light of Your Soul Guide You by John O'Donohue
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Feldman, Rebecca
2012 "In the Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLachlan 
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Flynn, Stuart
2009 "In Blackwater Woods" by Mary Oliver
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Forsythe, Jennifer
2007 "Nao se mate" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
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Freeman, Bernice Tolbert
2009 "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou 2009
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Friedman, Bob
2010 "The Internationale" by Eugene Pottier
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Gallaway, Deb
2006 "Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" by Wendell Berry
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Gamble, Danny
2006 "next to of course god america" by e. e. cummings
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Glaze, Andrew
2012: (Alabama Poet Laureate) "Sailing to Byzantium" by William B. Yeats
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Green, Darlene
2010 "Maud Miller" by John Greenleaf Whittier
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Haddin, Theodore
2009 "Love Calls Us to the Things of This World" by Richard Wilbur
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Hameer, Zahir
2010 "No Different" by Kendra Dexter
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Harris, Lauren
2013 "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol
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Harris, Tina
2008 "Telling Our Stories" by Lucille Clifton
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Hawkins, Brian Porter
2013 "Forgotten Language" by Shel Silverstein
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Hendley, Sarah
2011 "What I Think of Death, if Anyone's Asking" by Maud Kelly
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Hooker, Jim
2013 "Funeral Blues" by W. H. Auden
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Howard, Mary
2006 "Outwitted" by Edwin Markham
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Hunter, Jan
2011 "Grandmother Travels" by Jane Trechsel
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Jacks, Derek
2015 "Who Am I?" by Dietrich Bonhoffer
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Jersey, Jeannine
2013 "I Choose the Mountain" by Howard Simon
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Kennedy, Joey
2006 "Stopping by Woods" by Robert Frost
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King, BJ Love
2010 "Thank You" by Ken Schmeski
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Kirchikov, Peter
2011 "My Buddy Did Not Come Back from the Battlefield" by Vladimir Vysotsky
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Kennedy, Veronica
2007 "The Lovers of the Poor" by Gwendolyn Brooks
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Kinnaird, Charles
2016 "Conscientious Objector" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
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Latham, Irene
2006 "My Secret Life" by Stephen Dunn
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Lightsey, Stephen G.
2009 "If Thou Must Love Me" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Lowe, Jemiah
2016 "Harriet Tubman" by Eloise Greenfield
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Luther, Bob
2006 "High Flight" by John G. Magee, Jr.
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Mack, Ronnie
2016 "I Have a Dream" by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Major, Rod
2011 "Opportunity" by Walter Malone
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Marks, Barry
2013 "Host of the Air" by William Butler Yeats
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McCammon, Robert
2011 "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T. S. Eliot
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McCord, Mary Grace
2012 "Ode to Bicycles" by Pablo Neruda
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McMath, David
2016 "Too Many Daves" by Dr. Seuss
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McMath, Katie
2014 "Ode to the Onion" by Pablo Neruda
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Meeks, Michael
2014 "A Girl's Garden" by Robert Frost
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Mellon, Annabeth
2015 "When the World Was Ten Years Old" by Patricia Lockwood
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Mishra, Annikah
2014 "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth
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Mishra, Anoop
2012 "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson 
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Mishra, Manisha
2007 "Gayatri Mantra" Sanskrit
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Moline, Myrna
2013 "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes
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Mumford, Greg
2008 "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley
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Nelson, R.A.
2007 "My Father in the Night Commanding No" by Louis Simpson
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Newton, Demetrius C.
2010 "Color" by E.D. Tyler & "Dream Deferred" by Langston Hughes
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Northrop, John
2008 "Byzantium" by Yeats
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Norton, Carol
2006 "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen
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Norwood, Judith A.
2011 "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
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Nunn, Annetta
2006 "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
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Oliver, Lydia
2015 "The Last Spell of the Sea Witch" by Karen Finnyfrock
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Owen, LeAnne
2012: "Some Keep the Sabbath" by Emily Dickinson
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Owens, Isibeal
2016 "Origin of the Bathrobe" by Sierra DeMulder
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Parcak, Sarah
2008 "Magic" & "Magic Carpet" by Shel Silverstein
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Polhill, Sarah
2014 "The Writer" by Richard Wilbur
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Powell, Ricky
2007 "Loveliest of Trees" by A.E. Housman
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Pearson, D.S.
2007 "i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)" by e.e. 
cummings
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Pratt, Tyler
2010 "Francesca" by Ezra Pound
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Ramsay, Hope
2013 "Jimmy Jet and His TV Set" by Shel Silverstein
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Reed, Jim
2006 "Stars" by Sara Teasdale
2016 "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert W. Service
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Reed, Liz
2014 "The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk" by Dorothy Parker
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Reeves, Chris 
2013 "It's All in a State of Mind" by Walter D. Wintle
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Richardson, Alexis
2010 "Thinking" by Walter D. Wintle
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Rinke-Hammer, Iris
2010 "Mark Climbs Trees" by Adam Hammer
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Rodriguez, James
2014 "Why Seek Thou My Friendship" by Lopez DeVega
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Romero-Rojas, Jazmine 
2012 "Ahora es Cuba" by Pablo Neruda
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Royer, Amy
2015 "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
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Royer, Mike
2008-2015 "The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert W. Service
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Royer, Will
2014 "Fog" by Carl Sandburg
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Rudolph, Denise C.
2008 "I Will Write" by Jill Scott
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Ruffin, Aniekan-Abasi
2013 "Who You Callin' Colored?" Anonymous
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Sarris, George
2007 "Ithaka" by C.P. Cavafy
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Shamsi-Basha, Karim
2016 "Aches, Shivers and Dreams by Kheriddean Shamsi-Basha
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Smith, Alexandria
2008 "Being in Love" by Marvin Bell
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Smith, Asa
2014 "Merlin's Song" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Smitherman, Carol
2006 "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes
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Sneed, Kaitie
2007 "Writer Waiting" by Shel Silverstein
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Stefanson, Don
2008 "Ode on a Grecian Urn" by John Keats
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Stefanson, Margaret
2011 "Don't Quit" Anonymous
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Stewart, Don
2007 "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
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Stephan, Linda Newby
2011 "One Day" by Barbara Schmitz
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Swagler, Susan
2007 "Messenger" by Mary Oliver
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Tallaj, Jose
2015 "There Is a Country in the World" by Pedro Mir 
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Taylor, Saundra
2016 "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
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Tharp, Adriane
2014 "Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out" by Richard Siken
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Thiele, Chuck
2014 "The Prayer of St. Francis" by Francis Bernadone
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Thomas, Dana Marie
2015 "Brown Penny, Brown Penny" by William Butler Yeats
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Thompson, Jordan
2010 "All My Life" by Langston Hughes
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Thompson, Kathleen 
2012 "Maybe Dat's Your Pwoblem Too" by Jim Hall
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Toppins, Kathleen
2013: "The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late" by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Trechsel, Jane
2006 "Fern Hill" by Dylan Thomas
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Vines, Melissa Dameron
2009 "Museum of the Unmoving Image" by Clive James
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Wade, Erika
2010 "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol
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Walker, Rev. Joseph W. Jr.
2006 "Sermons We See" by Edgar Guest
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Walker, Sue Brannan
2006 "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver
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Wallace, George Jr.
2007 "How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Washington, Daryl
2009 "Ozymandias" by Percy Shelley
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Weber, Jeanne
2016 "The White Magnolia" by Helen Deutsch
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Wehby, Kevin
2016 "When I First Heard the Learned Astronomer" by Walt Whitman
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Whitfield, Andrea
2012 "If" by Rudyard Kipling
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Whitten, Joe
2011 "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden
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Williams, Larry Lake 
2015 "Don't Quit" by Edgar A. Guest
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Williams, Wanda
2009 "A Song in the Front Yard" by Gwendolyn Brooks
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Woods, Jane
2013 "Give Me Liberty" by Patrick Henry