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:

Dreams of Hard Sleep

I hear the horse-drawn carriage in my sleep -
the hard wheels and pounding hoofs,
the snap of the whip in Death's hand
and wonder what would happen if I stood and said,
“I do not wish to go with you this night,
please return at a more convenient time.”
Would Death remove his hat, give his
horse's wings a rest,
thank me and come in for tea?
Would he wipe the dust from his well-aged boots
or would he hold me in his vise-like grip,
demand my presence at his dance
or would he fall in love with the grace of Life
that still gives blush to my cheeks?
I awaken, listening to a fading voice
but I can never solve the puzzle -
is it a sigh of surrender or a cry of joy,
is it the driver or the driven?
I hear the horse-drawn carriage in my sleep -
I turn over, praying it's only the rain.

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