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:

august promises

When the coach slows, you will
recall the sweat of leather, the
welcoming insects and
the weariness of walking again,
fresh roots clinging to your shoes.
Approaching twilight, August promises October
and a long list of unattended events,
while you wonder where the frogs might
wait out the cold, dry seasons.
Venus reminds you
to keep close to the sun:
if there are any doubts,
the horses will know,
but they remained calm
when the robed men walked into the woods,
when the drums began in the hills.

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