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:

The cliffs of abalon

The birds still rise up
from the canyon cliffs of abalon
wide winged taloned beasts
with eyes like the buttons
of old mens shirts
Their shrieks and caws
echo forever
on those canyon walls
where the skulls of lost men
wearing wigs of bristle brush
and beards of green vine
there are paintings
on the weathered stones of abalon
long limbed figures
hunting in jungles
spears flying across
rivers of stone
a whole creeper culture
had once
squirmed out of that blasted rock
but whoever painted there
left long ago
Perhaps it was the way the wind
went whipping through rocks
the way it sounded like the
death breath of the old
or the gasping outrush
of miscarriage groans

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