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:

to burn on both sides of the world

to have been where i was once,
simple and true,
was so beautiful in its subjectivity.
without you i would never remember that
because it wouldn't matter if not for
my fingers stretching in new ways,
pockets filled with a kiss for later and
abandoned swing sets like catapults
toward the fiery novas i'd like to burn inside.
you dissolve like sand within me.
always in november we breathe these borderline-sighs,
ponder dismissive diagnosis-es framing all the insanity and the hurt,
(because you're either up or you're down,
there is nothing in between.)
argue over words that act like a veil for causes and vulnerability
none of it becomes you,
or rather prevent the becoming of you.
i have five pints,
five minutes,
five hours, days, years, lifetimes,
and i would give you anything
if you would but take it from my hands.
all i would have you do
is breathe
the ashes of me.

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