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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

young family across the cafe
unknown

he is on
 1
one side of the table
 2
 
 
she sits
 3
across from him
 4
 
 
little guy
 5
with a camouflage shirt
 6
in a high-chair
 7
splits the difference.
 8
 
 
he works his knuckles
 9
over light red stubble
 10
on his chin
 11
and looks out the window:
 12
 
 
this is not
 13
 
 
where he wants to be.
 14
 
 
this is where
 15
 
 
he wants to be.
 16
 
 
where does he
 17
 
 
need to be?
 18
 
 
he makes a dinosaur
 19
with his hand
 20
to amuse the little guy.
 21
 
 
she reaches out
 22
and cleans off the little guy's face
 23
with a napkin.
 24
 
 
he loves me
 25
 
 
loves us
 26
 
 
i need him
 27
 
 
we need each other.
 28
 
 
and if not?
 29
 
 
no-no
 30
 
 
don't
 31
let the mind
 32
through that door.
 33
 
 
an ambulance
 34
 
 
flies past the cafe
 35
 
 
in full siren.
 36
 
 
obligation
 37
 
 
inamorata
 38
 
 
the vector
 39
 
 
of broken glass.
 40
 
 
i had
 41
 
 
a family once.
 42

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