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:


My dreams are stages of heartbreak
trashing what's left of my good habits.
I remain encrypted in the dark,
corners and chainsmoking,
a devirginized romantic
with her first love mistake.
I talk to flowers in my spare time.
I put pennies on sidewalks,
in hopes of elaborating a smile
from some superstitious optimist.
I want to find spring and summer,
a place where rain is a mere trinket
rather then a seer.
I want to believe
if I can just make it to tomorrow
the songs
will make my nostalgia
a plaything,
or at least a compass
to my soulmate.

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