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:

Ignorance is not Bliss

There is a shadow looming on my wall,
stretching past the door and down the hall
and since I do not know who stands before the light,
I cower in a corner, paralyzed with fright.
It could be kitten playing there,
a vicious murderer or hungry bear.
I cannot determine breadth or depth or height,
crouching in a corner, terrified of night.
Information is the missing key,
transforming fearful shadow to fearless entity.
Rising to my feet, my eyes are open in delight,
leaving behind empty corners, bathed in light.

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