poetry critical

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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:

The cliffs of abalon
monkeyofgod

The birds still rise up
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from the canyon cliffs of abalon
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wide winged taloned beasts
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with eyes like the buttons
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of old mens shirts
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Their shrieks and caws
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echo forever
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on those canyon walls
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where the skulls of lost men
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listen
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wearing wigs of bristle brush
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and beards of green vine
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there are paintings
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on the weathered stones of abalon
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long limbed figures
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hunting in jungles
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spears flying across
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rivers of stone
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a whole creeper culture
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had once
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squirmed out of that blasted rock
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but whoever painted there
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left long ago
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Perhaps it was the way the wind
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went whipping through rocks
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the way it sounded like the
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death breath of the old
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or the gasping outrush
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of miscarriage groans
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