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:

Happy New Year to my Children

Hand prints on craft paper
and where have my children gone?
Too soon they walked, they talked,
they found their balance
and the world.
Swept up in school, the games,
the rules, the after-class activities
until the family nucleus was ruined
or so it seemed.
They come back to me in phone calls,
pictures of their babies, tales of skinned
knees and newly fledged and broken hearts.
I laid my hand into the slippery paint of time,
pressed it hard against this paper heart
that beats and flows in these
that make me Mother.

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