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:


Like the center of a poppy,
You contrast with life.
Black on red,
You on the world.
You are vibrantly loud,
And look beautiful while doing it.
Throughout you cycle of life,
Making people smile,
And stop to recognize the difference of you.
Like the petals of a poppy,
You are bright and vivacious,
Lovely and bright,
Just the way you have always been,
Though you are always changing.
Like the poppy as a whole,
You come too early,
And leave too soon,
But your scent lingers behind,
Leaving the wonderful memory of you.

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