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:

To Love a Monster

Maleficent sleeps
in our furnace downstairs.
I creep by, not wanting to wake her,
letting sleeping dragons lie.
She snores loudly and rustles the
burning charcoal, glowing orange and black.
Her tapering horns scrape the ceiling,
making hieroglyphic marks
and foreboding sounds.
Her nostrils widen and narrow,
deep breath and a sigh.
The heat from her dormant temper
radiates throughout our house
up on a hill, away from sight.
No one knows she’s sleeping,
resting heavy and purple
in our furnace downstairs.
Maleficent receives a love note —
a piece of pink stationary,
wrinkled and stuffed by small fingers
in between the iron bars of her cage.
She sniffs it, licks it,
and doesn’t know how to read it.
The little lover creeps by,
not wanting to wake her,
letting sleeping dragons lie.
Maleficent’s tail curls around her thick body
and she turns over,
her scaly skin pressed up
against ashy walls cluttered with love notes
saying, “You’re sweet” and, “Be mine.”

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