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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:


Where does an idea come from
That finds me in the night?
Is it forged in beds of fire,
The iron sledge, the blacksmith’s might?
Or does it blossom like a lily
Nourished in soil and heavens light?
Did it grow inside an egg,
Breach the surface, and hatch?
Or was it pulled up by a sailor’s net;
A dreamy poet’s prideful catch?
Was it had by another
Before it found its way to me?
Was it unwanted by the other
Who shrugged it off and set it free?
Was it blown here by the wind,
Gifted by the gentle air,
Who saw the two of us
And thought we’d make a pair?
Was it the little thing I’ve searched for
The whole of my life long?
Or maybe, just maybe,
I’ve had it all along.

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