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:

Cooling Down to Fall in Love - Repost as req.

When the hours grow silent,
when seconds no longer scream
your name, does that mean love has ended?
Not at all, my friend.
The frenetic pace of new romance,
if extended, would melt the bones
of lovers and make their minds explode.
If we need moans and sweat
to keep us touching,
then leave me now,
while you are still insistent on it –
otherwise, be still
and know that silent tides
beneath the crash of waves
carry the shells to shore.
Look at this mother-of-pearl,
warming against your thumb.
Would you prefer my rage
or does this gentle submission
fill all your greedy needs?

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