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:


I am from the inviting red monkeybars,
from swingings and whooping and glee.
I am from the squeaking sneakers,
as they run the wrong way
up the looming green mountain, that is the slide.
I am the juice stain,
the lone patch of purple,
found on a white cotton shirt.
I am from the giggle and smiles this stain induced.
I am from beachballs, sandcastles and seagulls,
from the gentle chrashing of waves upon the sand.
I'm from the reflezxion of light off the water,
from the warmth of sand on bare skin.
I am from the percussion of the bongo-man
living to his own beat.
I'm from the scent of newly baked cookies
flowwingly lazily with the breeze.
From the barefeet
happily trampling over
freshly cut grass and cool wood floors.
Frome singing voices,
blissfull and joyous
and obliviously off-key.
I am from all of these moments
and yet more still untold.

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