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:

o city showdown: witnessed by a bird.

chirps squeeze through the bird's beak
as to jut in harmony
with spirits
tingling through my spinal cord
rapping every bone whole.
the high noon mist swallow the city scape
the plastered ramblers
preach in mumbles: "you're no special,
i'm a gunslinger, too.
what've you possessing alone?"
i revolve my cocked handgun
in turn
i aim point-blank and slip
my finger 'round
the trigger.
the metropolitan juicer flails
in mercy; defeated
he squanders
far in the city depths
where all yearn death.
one bird returns to singing his hymn but follows
with a question,
"a gun– you carry. . . as equipment?"
i turn politely in conduct and say:
my friend, i've only used words today.

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