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:

my thoughts of you ferment

you press my face
into your book
turning me
into a page that doesn't bend
into a paper skiff
preserving my petals
because you could not love me
like you wanted to–
pausing on the shore
you watch the evening hug me;
a bee sniffing the sand
these frothed hands i drown–
my veins swell with time
my flesh begins to fidget
while you crave me in the ocean
i punch the first thing
that moves across the sea
that rows to me

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