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:


I came here
because I am not a thinking man
but one who can appreciate the sound
of a shovel sifting dried earth.
This is not to say I don’t believe in progress.
I do, but only that which can be seen.
Take not of the tree of knowledge,
but take to it with an axe.
God's curse, his greatest gift
for man: labor.
For woman: labor.
The mind is the devil's wheelbarrow; it
carries us down to the mines.

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