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:


Maximums were minimal
he said as he leveled his bet
on several outcomes of the
roulette pirouette laughing
at each like dizzily drunk
children pausing from the
spin, self-imposed, not of
ceiling but attitude that
shatters or sits equidistant
with the roof for the rest of
their dwelling life quite
irrelevant as whimsy to wish
(grim ends to penny pinchers)
for anything different than
this mono tone monotonous
hodge podge of hop scotch
and dodge balls for a dozen
years clean behind your ears
or eat pudding with a film
chosen for the cultural
impact or lack (thereof) it has
as gandhi on a reagan baby
or pulp fiction to clinton
begin the bogey beguine
to your sick tube feeding
old man(‘s) old man(‘s) old man
breath of a fan any mings
fantastic fanatical attack
it like a rabid pit bullshit
you have been fed kibble
and cuckoo the phenelzine
and electric co. riven
through autonomous bone or
fritzy fresh automaton re
sponding when its turned on

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