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:

if i keep this up i'll become phonier than bukowski

up till now
i've lived
more than i've read.
but each bar
i pass up
to study a little e.e.
or james wright
diminishes me.
every time
i walk away
from a fistfight
out of fear of getting arrested
and losing my job
billy collins and
the slush pile of
mfa graduates
another homeless
holding a sign at 24th
and merle-hay
passed by
to go work the poem
instead of taking him to ihop
makes me less
of an actual human being
and more of something
i'd hoped to avoid
when i started
with this bullshit
in the first place.

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