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:


Passels of plastic chairs
half filled with empty souls,
where gaps grow yearly
replaced by psalm books,
or council representatives
made to wear poppies,
And annual expressions of sorrow.
Old faces blow through brass and bugle.
Breaths become ‘Amazing Grace’.
Hands fold.
Heads bow
and old mouths wobble
at the walls of names which each had a face.
Now they are carved in concrete,
and pallid cenotaphs of wrinkles
remembered by those who sit or stand,
The fallen rise through these men.
Shining for a moment as tears in their eyes
before they fall again.

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