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 wish I was a crutch
you could always lean upon
I wish I was the pair of dice
you place your bets upon
I wish I was an embryo
curled up and warm inside
I wish I was an ugly duckling
destined to soon fly high
With all the roads to follow
and all the ways to go
sometimes it seems so shallow
sometimes it seems so low
I wish I knew how far it was
across the starlit sky
I wish I knew how far it was
until the day I die
We all know how easy it is
to wish and wish and wish
but just how many people
go out and take the risk
day by day the time slips by
night after night I stare wide eyed
at the constant transformation
all the colours lack confirmation
all the colours spilt from a lie
all the colours unwilling to try
all the colours destined to die
all the colours I need to cry
I wish I had a life to know
I could always depend upon
I wish I knew how easy it was
to take the risk and try

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