poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

ear in a jar
earinajar

it is not the night
 1
no, dear reader
 2
it is something else
 3
entirely
 4
that stirs me
 5
 
 
if i could bury
 6
these screams
 7
in a jar
 8
 
 
i would
 9
 
 
i feel sorry for you
 10
having come this far
 11
only to be
 12
short changed
 13
 
 
i could tell you a lie
 14
if you like
 15
if it would please you
 16
 
 
let me, then
 17
explain
 18
 
 
you see—
 19
a man and a woman
 20
are not one, Wallace
 21
 
 
you didn’t know what the hell
 22
you were talking about
 23
 
 
a man and a woman are not
 24
two either
 25
 
 
they are the many
 26
the fixed faces
 27
before the mirror
 28
 
 
and nothing
 29
just the same
 30
 
 
there are far too many
 31
blackbirds
 32
 
 
i blame the wind
 33
a likely culprit
 34
 
 
i will hang my skin
 35
on a coat rack
 36
 
 
—deliver you
 37
a box of ash and broken teeth
 38
tied neatly with a bow
 39
 
 
i will exchange these hands
 40
for oceans
 41
and make an island
 42
of myself
 43
 
 
so that when i smile
 44
the only thing you’ll see
 45
is a crooked nose
 46
 
 
it will haunt you
 47
for the rest of your life
 48
 
 
what was it you wanted
 49
anyway?
 50
 
 
don’t answer
 51
 
 
that would be
 52
best
 53

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