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:

Perhaps the Rain

will quench my thoughts
of your fever for another;  
a girl browner than I,
with lips that make you
ache to feel them against your own
(even while you show me
which parts of you
currently need my kiss).
If she tastes like berries,
if she brings you Altoids
in an authentic English tin,
will you return the favor
as you do with me?
You bring me Chinese food,
spicy with peppers, to feel
the heat when I slide
my seasoned tongue
along your turgid skin.
Remember me if you slip
blind fingers into wet warmth -
your eyes once held me
in a romance-gilded frame,
when Autumn was fresh,
when leaves were yet to fall.
“Don’t worry,” you whisper
wrapping my legs around your waist,
your breath warm against my breast
but please open your eyes -
I need to know it is my face you see
when you come so shatteringly
inside my jealous skin.

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