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:

Railroad Cros—

Birds chirp
to the
didn’t reveal the loss
of what was real,
like a smoked candlestick
hardly in the wake of its handle
fastened to a door. If
you are me, you
seek the tunnel that glistens
where the lights
sit, to listen,
hearing what the approaching tracks
are fearing. Everything
sits for a moment,
within peace;
but there is
discomfort, holding the
hurt, holding the bird that
waits for the wing to be free
to continue,

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