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:


By Reid Baer
Somewhere between the ocean and the land
late one night scurrying around the sand
I searched for anything that would burn
pick up sticks.
I scavenged for hours
for something to light
but there was nothing dry …
but I was strong, willful, and resourceful
so I lit my stage
of life
and before my own damned bonfire
I danced and danced like
there was no tomorrow
and risked all the previous lies
from yesterday – oh my - did I say
I hopped a coastal freight train once?
Oh, that was a beautiful rail ride into San Manteo
when I was so wet behind the years
so young
so reckless
so very high -
oh yeah, I took that big dive!
I laid it all out like I could fly!
Hell, I didn’t care
if I made it out alive
but between you and me
my sweetheart wife
that was then and this is now
and I’m older
and maybe a little wise …
today I pray with all my heart
at least my fragile mind survives.

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