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:

Parking Lot Prom

You saunter by
(as you always smile)
pink puffed sleeves and
matching lipstick,
your sweetheart befitting
in his rented tux,
and I,
just outside the door,
(as I always hide)
within a shadow of myself.
I dance,
clothed in my prom attire-
(t-shirt and jeans
with a dandelion corsage),
a barefoot dance,
cloaked within the
darkness of the night.
Your music blends
with the crickets' song;
Your laughter swirls around me
as sprites frolicking in the wind,
as I dance
hugging my own soft shoulders,
humming my own secret tune,
gratefully accepting
my only invitation,
and that,
from the stars.

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