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:

calling out bukowski

you ran
you churlish
i'm staying right
here in the thick
of it
in this loveless marriage
i'm going to raise a child
and stand fast against the
vapid banality of the day
you spent your life
ducking the realities
you hapless prick.
stick with a job
buy a house
meter your drinking
rub the same woman's back every night
and make her believe you love her
you've done
none of
you took on no realities
running hovel to hovel
tail between legs
covering your eyes
i'm making my line
and i'm going to stand
here and take the fires
like a man
fool others
from the
but i know you took the
easy way you craven

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