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:


Walk down the street
A haircut giving you away
"Thanks for your service"
Those common hollow words
From a fake smile
I don't take their hand
As i shake my head with a sigh
MY voice coming out scratchy
"Your yellow ribbons and flag pins"
"Where were they in 2000?"
"No where, you didn't give a shit"
"About me or my boys"
Civies, the mob
Like cattle they follow one
Then another
My blood boils over
"It wasn't acceptable at that time."
Not acceptable to show pride?
Not acceptable to support troops?
To honor those who fought for you?
Take your hand shake
Your yellow ribbons
Your flags
And forget about me
We are not a breed for the popular
Those glory hounds die by the first month
We are the breed who fight
And kill
Yes we kill
Good and bad alike
We don't fight for you
We don't fight for your bullshit speeches
We fight for each other
For those who fight with us
The last of that dying breed
A breed far and gone
So take off those cute little car magnets
Take off those fucking fake smiles
Ten years ago you would have never known
Never cared that I existed at all.

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