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:

For Adrienne - Remembering Autumn 2005

Portrait in sepia and blood seeping -
the day her baby died, too early born.
Moments cried as years, each hour
felt like empty forevers to her arms,
untenanted womb chiding her
as months passed.
Dreaming for relief - carriages, empty and forlorn,
the weeping real upon her cheeks,
when waking would not wait for dawn.
Gravid again this Summer, her belly swells
as a sweet (invisible) baby spirit whispers
secrets to this brother to whom he gave his place.

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