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:


love for earthy tones
the crisping and crunching
of perfect apples in our mouths
and leaves under the arches of our feet
we snuck out to the creek
stepped on rusty nails
found dirty magazines
saw who could climb through the hole in the fence
without getting stuck
left our Frisbees in the middle of the side walk
tracked mud through the apartment
with our adidas sambas
rode our bikes around the circle
until the training wheels subsided
climbed trees with our tiny limbs
and helped birds with broken wings
kick ball champions
with ghost men on third
stressing the no bounce rule
and just to catch it in that air
swing contests at the park
talking about a boy who flipped over once
racing through the fields with rosey cheeks
skinning our knees through our levis
and the november leaves fell for good
we raked and jumped in constant cycles
made a collage of orange and yellow with our bodies
watched the trees become lonely
like the adults we'd be someday
the only time we thought it was beautiful
to watch things die
was the only time we ever felt alive

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