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:


As if in completing a sentence there was death—
                - Dana Levin
But I have seen death!
A funneled myriad,
an aggro crag in white;
it hands the world
to me compressed
and smeared, the whole
rosary of everything
a too big morsel in
my throat. Someone
says we all just be, don’t we?
Of course, in practice,
we’d all rather orgasm.
All that bombasm and
at last that last moment
not a climax, but the
edge of a cliff; a breath
not a gasp, but just breath.
Still       as all the numb
comes home I wonder
why it feels so good.

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