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:

Bleeding Wound

Like a bleeding wound
from bullet holes,
of the ambushed soldier
in the street of Mogadishu,
passion pours out from love.
The black Mogadishu boy smiled,
after firing his rifle
at the right moment,
its target within range,
a different Cupid but as sharp.
Like black smoke ascending
from the burning military jeep,
with a wounded soldier on its seat,
and rebels dancing around him,
love knows when to claim victory.
Like burns from an explosive,
love can scorch your heart
with passion, leaving behind
scars. You will remember
even after the wounds heal.

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