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:

always close to a field

I kept saying, “I want to go home,”
but I couldn’t because my past
was uncomfortable. Every thought
of home brought a flashback, ruining home:
On a bus to a debate tournament
talking about the Federalist Papers
and how important virtue is
and how America is no longer virtuous,
while he pretended to be busy
texting someone he wasn’t meant for.
On a field trip with her head
on his shoulder inventing pasts
of the people in Harvard Square.
They didn’t kiss that day,
and they didn’t talk again.
On a stonewall in Antietam
as a group said ‘hallowed ground,’
dad texted saying
the same -sighwalk
across the Stone Bridge
see dad pointing
at his watch - wasting time:
Only so many opportunities
to see how Union is won.

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