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:


Can you still hear the footsteps
drowning out the shouts of the fallen?
Stay close MIlaya moyA,
we are expected at home.
Beware the bishop's
white and red pawns,
grabbing at the ends of the earth
behind a curtain of wildly falling snow.
Vanya, I have lost sight of
the colorful scarf flagged
around the threadbare grey
of your coat.
Calling your name,
no one acknowledges
the plaintive stretch
of each letter. I am a
screeching ghost in the
Finally in an alley finding
you still on cobblestones
with your scarf covering your
beautiful face,
kneeling beside you watching
your life run in rivulets back
into an ungrateful motherland.
Our archangel has forsaken us.
Torn between grief and anger
I cannot bear to look at you.
You promised, you promised
mama, you would always stay
here, in hell, with me.

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