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:

Daddy won't be coming home tonight

The steam that rises from the shell
Mists up the scope lens
A steady hand etches a heart
Through which the other bleeds
A tattered pass absorbs the flood
Inches from the silent hand
That reached beneath his thread bare coat
A white flag not received
The towel-head becomes another scratch
A tally of the toll
A line on the barrel of a hired gun
No space for numbers here
A dog-eared girl
Watermarked in red
Stares up from the inner cover of the pass…
… daddy won’t be coming home tonight

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