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:

starting this

its like throwing stones.
its a dash to sunset,
the vinegar dries like paint,
mulled wine colour, its stench
evokes poppy seeds and
dead milk.
you're a flashed hue inbetween;
like breadcrumbs on a nun's thighs
leading up to Heaven, yes?
heap of dross, a mossy pile
of fingers, next to drainpipes
next to equivocations
next to the word i want to say you.
it starts with a bunch of little
other ones, like:
ducks followed by ducks, more ducks
a few fucks, more ducks and sure enough
the world is all aquack.
  i am almost sure it starts like that.
you wheel the bin over to the sidewalk,
throw the leftovers in to feed me,
i am grateful--
you never peer inside.

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