poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome to Poetry Critical, an online poetry workshop. To post your own poetry you'll need to create a user id by typing a name and password in the box above and hitting 'New User'. If you just want to critique or jump into the discussion, however, you can go ahead and get started!

Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

Despair
larrylark

When each one comes with black despair inside his head,
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to hide from feelings locked inside a maze,
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healed with easy talk of commonplace instead.
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Eyes close over turmoil we have bred,
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soothe with salve of gentle hands that play
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when each has come with black despair inside his head.
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Let all sorrows dissipate and spread,
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diluted to solutions thinned and tamed,
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healed with easy talk of commonplace instead.
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For though mundane to us each day is fed,
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foundations rock where dreaming hearts have strayed,
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when each one comes with black despair inside his head.
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Darkened days on which despondency is read,
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recede to lifting clouds that softly weigh,
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healed with easy talk of commonplace instead.
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Keep me close as to each other wed,
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listen to the soothing words I say,
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when each has come with black despair inside his head,
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healed with easy talk of commonplace instead.
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