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:

The Branches of Death

they reach out
beastly in the night
tapping at the window
rain keeps the static
thunder rattles my bones
fear becomes so suffocating
i think
i should just open the window
and let the monsters take me
the guts summon up
something monstrous of their own
perhaps it is courage
or a delusion of bravery
i open the window
roar my mightiest roar
and all of the ghastly things are frozen
into wooden sculptures

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