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:


mustang lights the shutter snaps
here now—there—away and again
you return, sun through a glass eye
and smiling always, up and down
hands held tightly—
“reins” i tell you, “stirrups”
“parking lots” you tell me, reaching
around my neck, nickel stringed
and humming the whole way “home”
one day, one day, someday
walking through a hallway mirror
we shall know—warmth
your head on my lap, asleep
your breath, these measures
this persistent metronome
here—again, mustang lights
the shutter snaps, your eyes
flash, always—the sun, smiling
now home, now “whole”

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