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:

Widening Rings

What glorious rain—what thunder!
blasting the clouds and returning the wonder;
rushing and washing the stains away
of dust and decay
of bitter unrest
of heavy confusion that curls in the breast
of mankind.
What terrible rain—what thunder!
foiling our plans and spoiling our plunder;
knocking the temple and treasury down
razing the town
our towering dreams
obliterating our valiant schemes
of pillage and gain.
In innocent rage
erasing the age of man.
What generous rain—what thunder!
showering all with its infinite splendor;
mountain and river and reticent earth
adjoined in mirth
anointed in water
cleared of resentment and purged of slaughter
reflecting repose.
In widening rings
restoring the order of things.

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