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:

first touch

We didn’t wrestle naked
or sit on top slowly
like our moms and dads
tried to do, sigh and rock
mouths opening slow
till you could see
down into their galaxies.
We’d stay late and be wet
long after all the other boys
had gone home all dried off
bone dry.
We’d snap wet towels, lather,
leap for joy just to be
slowly aware
our fathers might have
misinterpreted the universe

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