poetry critical

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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:

after the hit and run
fdostoev

my father was underneath a metal blanket
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in the back of the emergency room
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his pupils were large empty coals and
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his face was the color of dead leaves
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his palm stuck out from underneath the metal blanket
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i placed my palm against his
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it was wet and cold and
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evaporated all the moisture from inside my mouth
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there where his left leg should have been
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the metal blanket laid down almost flush with the bed
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his lips pulled back from his teeth
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he closed his eyes and
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the thin lines of breath he forced through his constricted throat hammered
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icicles along my spine and
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froze my windpipe
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after the doctors wheeled him away i
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sat across from my mother in the waiting room
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i looked up from the floor and saw her biting her finger and quivering
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like a raindrop clinging to the branch of an oak tree
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during a thunderstorm
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then for the first time ever
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the hornets came
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i held my hands over my mouth
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but they stung my fingers
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flew down my throat
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tied my chest into knots and
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carved rivers down my face
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