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:

Not Yet Next Time

Next time you push me away,
I will let you
throw me out of the door.
I won't be bitter;
I won't even beg
for that standard package
of a final breakfast in bed, tears
and one last fvck (if making love
would prove too much to bear).
I'd double staple my tongue
to the roof of my mouth;
sew my lips bloody shut
with my guitar's rusty strings
so vile remarks can't come out.
Words have always betrayed me
whenever they escape, lacking,
every time, any sense of propriety
and respect for timing.
But this is not the next time, yet,
so expect a most worthwhile fight---
absolutely everything I've got
against everything you've logged
and written down in your book-of-my-flaws.
I'll seduce you to forgive me, and won't ask
for a round of applause when you give in,  
on this ungodly, indecorous hour,
to my crudely honest manner of  kneeling.

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