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:

On breaking (revised)

Numbed, dependent on the cocktail of carcinogens: nicotine and ethanol
If only loneliness came in tablets soluble in your drink.
Reliant, on the fag you clasp between two fingers,
Benson and Hedges Menthol, as always.
I can’t help but admire this sign of obstinacy, so near to incapacity
in every other way you seem frail, compliant
and I don’t recognise these traits in you, or rather you in them.
Living a life of recollections you populate the room with photos.
What’s this body? a glass prison that confines you
with walls that shatter too easily,
when you dare to walk a few steps, faster
a reminder, as if to say: Remember you are not young.
I can’t stand to see you in this state
the castration of your whole being.
The antithesis of my invincibility,
a reflection inverted, causing me to ponder the inevitable.
Now, as you spend Advent on the whitewashed ward
of a Melbourne hospital
a phone call asks if you’ve shuffled off this mortal coil
‘cause some one- time holiday friend had not received a Christmas card.

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