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 am the poet of portraits in Graffiti
pencils are paint
paper is bridge walls
Freehand like free write,
like those found on napkins or notebooks
Structure follows guidelines found in stencils
Each layer is a stanza
My letters blend with punctuation over-spray
'till my words mend my exaggerated tragedies
with colors forced from cans against rock medium
composing sounds of memories
tied to music in my ear holding back the fears
drown the sirens after gun shots round the corners
of strip clubs and barber shops
yet, only enough to keep the breathe in every alley
behind bars beneath seas of parked cars
dressed as black as the shadow by my side
stretched across the pavement from the city street lights
as it follows me between buildings
across the clock that separates the night
I write in every language
a synchronized stride until morning brings my messages to light
beyond the suburbs between the day light
below the freeway

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