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:

i've actually called the car rental company and they'll be hear shortly to ship my ass to jupiter

you went through hell but
look like heaven, stepped
into a swamp of human filth and
came out clean, scars on your wrists
and lips notwithstanding, the moon
hangs in the sky because of the strength
of your bones - brittle like an aging redwood
branch, and twice as majestic;
now, cliched as my breath on our foggy window
may be, you see the bottom of the chasm for all
that it's worth, and decided to hang back and let
the world play out its birthday party instead of dropping
off the cliff face like it got your order wrong at
mcdonald's for the billionth time, fuck --
if i was a fraction of a quarter of a percentile as strong
as you were, i would move mountains and climb
the heavens and bless the gods for all they were worth,
if i was a tenth of your conviction, i would be a better
influence on your hell wrought smile.

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