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:

dead time
sggunal

she’s paused
 1
with her mouth slack
 2
she’s waiting
 3
on her still ringing
 4
phone call
 5
 
 
watching across from her
 6
i feel a sudden fear
 7
(i've failed to see the hand
 8
held up to her ear)
 9
 
 
her bronze hair
 10
a wiry shock
 11
her gray eyes
 12
frozen blank
 13
her blanched skin
 14
folded gaunt
 15
motionless
 16
i can't look
 17
 
 
has she stopped
 18
and we have gone on?
 19
 
 
she suffuses back
 20
all at once
 21
flashing eyes
 22
‘yes five more
 23
minutes now-’
 24
raising brows
 25
‘yes make sure
 26
you keep- ’
 27
smiling
 28
 
 
she’s not so ugly
 29
after all
 30
 
 
we rattle and shake
 31
we lurch
 32
no one moves
 33
we’re bus people
 34
we’re already home
 35
 
 
i’ve got a mind for
 36
dinner menus
 37
and dry socks
 38
no time for talk
 39
shh
 40
much awaits
 41
shh
 42
how much time
 43
has flown?
 44
shhhhhhhh
 45
 
 
is it time to pull?
 46
did i stay too long?
 47
has it passed already?
 48
 
 
whipping winds
 49
waited for
 50
maybe behind her talking head
 51
maybe behind this black sheet
 52
i can’t feel
 53
 
 
i can’t hear
 54
you anymore
 55
 
 
are we here yet?
 56

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