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:

Gone Wide Awake

I do not dream of death,
expecting it will find me
when my time is up.
Like the voice of a teacher
saying, "Pencil's down,"
Death will come for me,
an invitation to dance
past star wombs, to quench
my thirst to know where it ends
and where it all began
and watching the tape of my life,
hoping I did more good than harm.
If you wake to find
a handprint glowing
upon your whitest wall,
it will be me, shed of skin
and made of rainbow light,
unbearably brilliant,
incredibly alive.

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