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:

War on Convention

I walk through streets of bloodless conductors
waiting to find my reason for strolling.
The wind in this mission, acupuncture
against feeling alive. I try lawn bowling
to feel as superior as these dolls,
lifeless as mannequins, but praised as gods.
I can’t help but see Geranium molle
on faces of actors perched up by rods.
But they will be prom kings, and prom queens too
while they stand on pedestals of faction.
Glorify these swindlers! Praise! Do not boo!
For it’s they who guide to satisfaction.
Stand small and be sure the rife to avoid,
pervasive beings are never destroyed.

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