9 Chilling Poems That Will Definitely Freak You Out

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It's a failure of imagination to relegate fright fests to Halloween; in fact, it's always exciting when we can find ways to be simultaneously entertained and terrified. And, given that National Poetry Month is just around the corner, there's no more seasonally appropriate way to get your chills on than by reading some scary poems.

Yep. Poems can, without a doubt, freak you out.

Why do we readers like to be scared? Writer Neil Gaiman has some insights:

In other words, given everything that the real world offers us to fear, it's refreshing to experience that emotion on our own terms. These nine poems will give you just the right jolt.

1"The Witch" by Elizabeth Willis

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2"New Friend" by Sandra McPherson

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3"Thrashing Seems Crazy" by Juliana Spahr

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4"The Milk One" by Anthony Madrid

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5"Anniversary" by Marie Ponsot

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6"The Wound" by Tom Sleigh

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7"The Cruel Mother" by Anonymous

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8"Curse Two: The Naming" by Cynthia Huntington

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9"The Snake Doctors" by Frank Stanford

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