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:

young family across the cafe

he is on
one side of the table
she sits
across from him
little guy
with a camouflage shirt
in a high-chair
splits the difference.
he works his knuckles
over light red stubble
on his chin
and looks out the window:
this is not
where he wants to be.
this is where
he wants to be.
where does he
need to be?
he makes a dinosaur
with his hand
to amuse the little guy.
she reaches out
and cleans off the little guy's face
with a napkin.
he loves me
loves us
i need him
we need each other.
and if not?
let the mind
through that door.
an ambulance
flies past the cafe
in full siren.
the vector
of broken glass.
i had
a family once.

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