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:


hot froth, coffinee slop
spilling onto spill
sol finds apollo overhead
like salt in hot silk
and vampire f(r)iends come
backwards through rent
memory. old mnemosyne
plunges fingers
into droopy skin
plucks my heart from head
as it pounds like hammer
  into space
  of common thingies
and relief is the smile of apollo,
who distended, is caught
with his pickle in the jar
whilst the anvil of your flesh
cools as I spirit into spirit,
flung into steeltraptime.

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