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:

Impressions of Jazz

Walking smooth through soft October nights.
In New Orleans. In silent streets.
Your scorched tongue needs a drink
-or two-
but you ain’t got
no dignity to be seen,
quenching your thirst and agony
over those classy days and lost dreams.
Instead, you linger
between lighted windows
as a noble illusion.
There is a road
that flows and flows up
that restless retreat
to where all the saints are.  
Too far, brother.
Too far for your weary feet to reach.
It is time for you to go now,
to float down that shadow alley,
to be consumed
by visions that make you happy
-oh so happy-
for just a little while at least.
The dark is rising
and you’re loving it fine.
That gal is damn fine.
You glide along at moon tempo,
as you turn your back
from the lighter side of the tunnel
and march down to the river.
Sweet Jesus, swing it to the beat of melancholy,
when it all don’t mean a thing.

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