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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:


I'm torn.
I'm stuck sleeping in the bed
I made as a fanatical 17-year-old.
Glow-in-the-dark stars
sure looked cool at the time.
I like eggplant, and coffee,
and dressing up for dates.
I can't go through with
the rest of my 10 year plan.
the one that didn't make room
for growth and newborn passions.
So I'm leaving.
Goodbye to my friends and those
I don't love, know, or care about.
Listen to them tell me I'm
a quitter.
Can't hack it.
Damn you!
I've got a conscience
and morals
and a backbone,
and I've learned to use them all!
I'm not seventeen.
Glow in the dark stars are tacky.
I'm getting a tattoo.

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