poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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:

Daddy won't be coming home tonight
LeoLong

The steam that rises from the shell
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Mists up the scope lens
 2
A steady hand etches a heart
 3
Through which the other bleeds
 4
 
 
A tattered pass absorbs the flood
 5
Inches from the silent hand
 6
That reached beneath his thread bare coat
 7
A white flag not received
 8
 
 
The towel-head becomes another scratch
 9
A tally of the toll
 10
A line on the barrel of a hired gun
 11
No space for numbers here
 12
 
 
A dog-eared girl
 13
Watermarked in red
 14
Stares up from the inner cover of the pass…
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… daddy won’t be coming home tonight
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