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:


I have grown to dislike the color white,
and the sad bending of drywall
where the ceiling starts, and there lies
a vast translucent astrological web
where the food chain demonstrates itself
and even the moon outside,
obscured by a tragic barricade of glass
pale and milky as a Chrysanthemum stem
when it leaks out cum onto the fatty palm-mounds
and the universe curdling with reluctant softness,
chalky ligaments shifting the position of a heart
and the hollow in my stomach when I realize
that anyone who questions beauty
must know that there is nothing really there
silence can never truly be celebrated with noise, I think
so I hang my head down sometimes
to gaze at all the blind ghosts
who cannot gaze back

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