poetry critical

online poetry workshop

Current Stats
  • poems: 47,139 (8,364 active)
  • comments: 314,017
  • ratings: 114,676
  • average rating: 7.5
  • forum posts: 249,771
  • users: 10,251 (129 active)
  • current users: 0


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?

Development updates from Twitter:

Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:


I stand on the mountain,
robe and hair and beard glowing white,
windblown, flowing,
holding tablets etched in stone
by my invisible hand
and thunder with stentorian voice
I whisper in the leaves,
come and go like the merest thought,
caress the flowers,
take flight when seen, a breeze once more,
rushing past, a gentle breath,
lightly ruffling, barely touching
I span wastelands, and battlefields,
chanting cantos in unknown tongues,
I am the yin and yang of old and new
a facet reflecting the sun that shines today
a never ending crystal
submerged in the ocean of all we've ever been
and the stars of all we ever will become
I am known and unknown,
well known, and never heard,
found in the mouth of gods, and fools and kings,
and peasants, and devils, and even God Himself
I am thoughts and words,
and psalms, and hymns and heresies,
songs and screeds and blogs and blasphemies
prophecy, history,

(comment on this poem)