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:

Xiao Hua

my mother in law
calls me xiao hua--
small flower,
because her lips cannot form
the crux of my name.
she tells me the mandarin
for things which I forget,
the name for rice,
full, stupid man
I tell her the differences
among sell fish, selfish
and shellfish.
she laughs as I squirm
when intestines or oxtails
are placed at the dinner table
xiao hua, xiao hua,
she says it is a farmer name
when the family gathers
for dinner I make up stories
for what I think they're saying
but always I think I hear those
two syllables which belong
to me,
xiao hua, xiao hua, they ring
with laughter.

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