poetry critical

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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:

Our children are Victorian
Linnac

In a classroom overlooking a sea
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of green countryside and dreams
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of playing amongst those meadows
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with sticks and pieces of nettles,
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wrapped in dock leaves,
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I grew up.
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I chanted about coils of roses
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and black wool, in rhymes
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older than my family tree.
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In trees I climbed,
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my knees scraped,
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my dress soiled.
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I read poetry smiling
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nostalgically on the Crimean war.
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I remember the headmaster
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strolling into a handwriting class
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where my cursive L won praise.
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He had us parrot
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Christian values of charity,
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strict as the moon to the tide,
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catechisms for the chastised.
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I was somehow older then,
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floating in idioms and black shoes
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from an ancient era.
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Of course,
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we had technology, oh,
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and travel, and fake tan.
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But,
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I could spend more hours
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counting coalescing shapes
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in chimney smoke,
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or reading leather tomes,
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than I did trying on eye shadow.
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I think you know,
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entering the world of the adult
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what it means
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to be more old-fashioned
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back then than now.
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