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:

Playing the Flip Side of Love

After falling
and cracking your shell
one too many times,
you begin to shy
from edges, keep cliffs
at a distance.
So full of holes
from cupid's arrows,
pointed glances,
pass right through.
All this lollipop talk
of dancing in flames
candy coating licked clean
reveals the stick:
Play with fire, get burned.
an arm's length,
frost forms
over your soft spots.
You take to the glacier,
wrapped in a flag of
concealing the truth
that you're simply

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