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 just want the sky to be

Last night as traffic thickened,
tear drops swelled
and I tried to convince myself that if I cried now,
I'd kill us both.
But wouldn't you know,
I drove just fine
in fact it was rather like
driving in the rain.
I didn't want to take my hands off the wheel,
so the tears fell freely down
my protruding collar bones
and I pretended vagrants from Montreal might have liked
to play in the puddle.
You didn't even look at me
but I knew you could hear it in my voice.
I stripped myself of all my former
And now I'm just looking for something to remind me,
           what my soul is for.
So please let me know...
  If I told you I thought love was the answer
would you give me back my faith?

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