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:

Ring Around Rosie (REPOST)

The sky is exactly blue;
never was there a less perfect day
to return your roots to earth.
A tree was born to die for her,
and I count the rings on the coffin lid
I am uncomfortable in black and
sulky cranberry
unbefitting spring.
Sixty-seven rings to her forty-six years.
Plump flesh on cherry limbs hangs heavy without grief
as Mother Earth swallows Her child whole,
and the gaping mouth becomes clogged with the
soil which has sprung the lilacs, and the lilies.
We stand exposed as weathered rocks, and
when I lift my head
I hear nothing but our beating hearts,
and flowers growing next to the grave.

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