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:


After you,
I thought I'd always be a sucker for the smell
of smoke and girls with tiny mouths but that was
before she sat down near me with her hair
up and neck exposed to me and I
can tell she doesn't smoke but see she has
a small mouth and a small back and a now I
with my fingertips are grazing up her spine
as we dance around that empty place that we
are moving into her wrists draped around
my neck and she is leaning back and I
trace my hands along her spine until they brush
their heels against her shoulders and I see
the ridges of her neckbone when my eyes
follow down her arms are like a sling
around my neck and she is slung in mine
like in a sling around her as we sway
looking in her eyes are like her ears
small and I kissing below them know
I'll always be a sucker for the smell
of freshly painted rooms
and girls with tiny mouths.

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