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:

The deep

I drift into the open darkness
With cherubian clauses swirling around consciousness
Painfully aware of the dark void in my left chest
A venomous vacuum, disintegrating my innards
Wolfing me down from the core.
Paralysed, helplessly clinging to my
Life bed I think of you
But static noise and unfocused notions fill my consciousness instead
The gentle rain relieves my soul, trickling down the corners of my face
sea spray pervades my sinuses, I try to cough
But a muffled gasp responds.
I allow myself to be washed
Under the mechanical pulse of the waves.
I take in the calm water.
Breathe in, breathe out, slowly, euphoria
Fills the recess in my heart I carved for you.
Water coagulates into forms of your name,
Embracing my brain, you were the last
That passed through my mind, before
I woke up drenched in the morning.

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