poetry critical

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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:

Blue On Blue
PrettyBitch

3:16 AM, emergency entrance, county general-
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I was propped against the rear doors of a rig
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parked in Bay 5, close to where the docs smoke
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with cigarettes tucked behind their palms,
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furtive anarchists flicking ash at the don't-do-that sign
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while people shift back and forth around them
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and I was thinking about this tweaker kid
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we brought in on a dead run; skull a cracked vault,
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his secrets betrayed on the floor beneath my boots
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I was thinking about how he wouldn't
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stop breathing; how the noise of anatomy
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dogged collapsed lines in fibrillating waves
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I was thinking about a girl in a dirty blue skirt
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sitting on a curb with his blood on her knees,
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how her face pulled away in the rear-view like a scream
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I was thinking about how an intern
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with two silver loops in his ear hummed 'Blue on Blue'
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under his breath as we gave our report to a nurse
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I thought about these things
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I watched the guards watch me
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I didn't clean any secrets from the rig
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I did sit down on the step plate
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I picked at the wick of my zippo
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I whistled the intern's song
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somewhere behind me
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a girl with bloody knees sat on a curb
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pulling threads from the hem of a cheap skirt.
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