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:

You stayed still but only once
lai

by July we all knew
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that we could only stay together for three days
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before we let you go again,
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before we stopped holding on because we didn't know what else to do with you.
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we all knew you were sliding off of us
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like a stream of watercolor drooling down crisp, white paper.
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but you paused on the edge because you knew I held you there.
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you knew perfectly well
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that I had held you there
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but casually you dripped off
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and shot straight into the ground.
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and what are you now after you have left!
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did you think you could fly?
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I squat near the concrete that had soaked up your wet pigments,
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and I rub my finger into the tiny, insignificant splatter you made
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still wet
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and cold.
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