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:

summer left my skin...

roughed but smooth
from waves that threw
me against you.
We’re just friends,
you reminded me
as we lay
Our beloved thing
to say that summer,
because it so neatly
the seas spread between
us like something spilt last night
Words to part dust.
Breath spent twirling
through light to caress
bare toes in warm air.
A light embrace mirroring
the sort of sin
that kept us apart.
Saturated, that summer
so utterly,
that only the wind
kept us together.

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