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:

Crime Of Fashion

In the bottom of the black box
lay the killer's mask
with eyes blanked out
to protect the innocent,
and weapon painted mid blue,
save the trigger finger,
which was purposely daubed just so,
to match the glow of heaven.
A target, human in shape
pierced by gaping bullet holes.
Fake sequins and feather provide further clues
as to who committed the crime.
The lady who hides behind a whirling fan
demands further scrutiny,
coolly unperturbed by her lies.
A whiff of cordite hangs in her hair,
piercing stare screams not guilty
till proved otherwise.

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