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:

Film Noir

Lone streetlight flickering outside a window as the rain falls steadily
Sound of lonely footsteps walking unhurried toward a nameless end
Collar turned up against the rain, hat pulled down against the light
Lightning flashes reflecting upon the wet pavement…halting his steps
Desires, dark, hard-edged and raw flicker with the light’s rhythm
Entwining with his fantasies, driving them hard into the night
Hand in pocket, fingers twitching as they seek the cool steel
Fondling gently, savoring the sleekness, stroking the fine edge…like a lover
A hint of curtains flapping like bats’ wings at the edges of a window
Soft light piercing the drawn shade, suggestion of shadows dancing in silhouette
Thunder rolling in cadence with the throbbing in his head, the pounding in his body
Fingers gripping the sharpness, squeezing, squeezing, squeezing…until blood runs

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