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:

sacred high heel pumps

you told me:
“Stars are always high,
and let you look it up.
But if you can shine,
you can become a star.
“And the light comes
from replica designer handbags
because everyone can have it.”
you spoke effervescently
of how your new models
look maturate and beautiful.
past the crinkled corners
of my lips
and the cracked contours
of my Chanel glasses
i strained to spy
the faded frailty
life had awarded me,
a pride of branded purses
piled high in protest.
in ghastly, lidless dreams
i see green
exchanging hands
without so much as
a smile or a soft word.
one day i'll be a faded smudge
in your weary constellation.

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