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:

Drowning in shallow water

I'm in water
to my ankles
wearing a life-jacket
hoping a wave
will push me
My feet feel the rocks
the water is still
as a lighthouse
with a burnt out bulb
something save me
from this sorrow
I'm drowning in
something end it
the clouds roll in
and cover the sun
the wind picks up
making me shiver
the rain
the water
begins to stir
the wind-
a wooden spoon
and I am just a grain of
in for flavor
along with the others
too afraid to drown

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