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:


and i want to be
not dashing in and out of time
with these relentless anxieties
but motionless,
i want to feel
chamomile mornings and
soft footprints in the sand
(tracing unknown paths)
without desperately wanting,
needing something else.
i want to be a word,
a place, the scent
that clings to a lover's clothes
and never lets go-
to be with you,
wanting nothing else
under the silent martyrdom
of the moon.

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