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:

Tilting Toward Freedom

It is a quarter mile from my balcony to the beach;
from here, you can see the cargo boats
lit up like toys upon a bathtub ocean
but looking backward from the sand
to find my window proves impossible.
It is a 20-minute walk from my front door to sand;
seagulls pass overhead on their way
to supermarket dumpsters, squabbling loudly
with their comrades, up to white wings
in delicious grocery garbage.
It takes five hours to walk the circuit
through the Wetlands; at hour three,
I sprain my ankle, walking on the tilt
of rocky riverbank.
The doctor says it will take 6 weeks for me to heal.
I say it will take forever for me to heel and he
doesn’t understand me well enough to laugh.

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