poetry critical

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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:

A case of the violins
madderhatter

So clear the sky is.
 1
No star in sight
 2
 
 
(‘Tied, untied: which way?’)
 3
It doesn’t matter,
 4
Hot water hides all imperfections
 5
under a blanket of steam she holds her thighs to her chest
 6
as her toes dance around the face of the watch hands etched in brass at the bottom.  
 7
He's late again.
 8
Late from lost
 9
lucid between yesterday and tomorrow
 10
Back from the future, his plane waits
 11
 
 
she waits
 12
underwater.
 13
 
 
Cuts her lies
 14
cuts her her strings
 15
as long as it looks tempting against her it will be
 16
perfect.
 17
Her bucket of of sighs
 18
He can’t resist.
 19
Its been that long
 20
 
 
Down she slips.
 21
The hot water consuming her whole, she gazes.
 22
 
 
(Changing all physical properties, light, as we know it                 delays.  
 23
Bright streams of particles illuminated by the piercing moonlight halt to a mere crawl, giving us the chance to glance away, but instead from under a blanket of pressing water, we always stare.)
 24
 
 
She’s not your star,
 25
Yet we constantly stare.
 26
Always.
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