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:

Unfamiliar June

With her layered skirts
clinging to goose bump
legs and my rainsoaked
dog sloshing through
her yard to do his business,
this June is unfamiliar.
This great aunt, frozen and wet,
I could swear she was second
cousins with the Arctic
grandfathers, or perhaps
she'd been visiting Narnia
for a spell
and come back with
wrapped treasures,
presents for her
twin nieces:
Hot cider, turkish delight,
iced castles and
crystalline figurines
beautiful and
impossible to touch.
I argue with a friend
over lattes, inside,
staring through the window
at the summer tables
on the veranda,
chairs up.
Our dirigible is tied
out back and we are
only waiting
for the right time to
escape this foreign land.

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