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:


short circuit
i do that well,  for you
the copper in my blood just cannot settle
it has to go haywire
kiss the wet surface
burst in small explosions
burn to ground zero, at the slightest tear--
you make; you melt
the sturdiest of my plastic covering
my skin and organs are supposed to be
electrically safe, insulated, and
you-proofed, but
they are not

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