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:

Mom, Dec. 16

It was a mystery where I was all night.
Arriving, we expect a parade sometimes.
The pined-after, deliberate,
"How was your day?"
I opened the front door and received
what I had wanted so many days previous:
the Bichon streaking across the hardwood
floor in an iambic-flash, greeting me as if I had
returned from my Grandfather's war.
I dreamt this before?
This is a symptom.
Stand before this megalithic doorway,
and pass into your own skin;
or wade again into
the living room.

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