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:


Life going all to hell
And here I am, growing sentimental
Crucified by sadness
Escaping under the influence
Redeemed only by my own madness
And I’m growing sentimental.
Stories from childhood
And memories past
Old poems in old books
“Remember when...”
I’m growing sentimental
Admitted crushes, regretted losses
Tears that dried long ago
Broken hearts, ashes in the seas
Pain filled memories
I’m growing sentimental
I’m growing sentimental
For what was only a yesterday
But that first kiss
       That first drink
       That first hit
       Those new friends
       Those old lies
       Those empty dreams
Are all just another yesterday
The fights, the struggles, and the choices we make
The losses of today
Will all too soon be reduced to a yesterday
Passions lost to fleeting hearts and young minds
Faces of memory lost in your own personal history
Hope like a dwindling candle
Kept aflame by sentiment alone
Old picture, birthday years ago
And I’m growing sentimental
A yesterday is lost, can never be regained
We can tell ourselves so, but memories never change
With a sense of finality,
There is no use for sentimentality.

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