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:

Impromptu
dARTEMIS

In the wee hours of the night
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are we still the enemies?
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We crawl, we growl at each other.
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Fighting with wolves and demons,
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butterflies and saints, angels and insects within us.
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Two of us: so close, yet, so far apart.
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Full moon, a primal neon light.
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Shining and lightning a face.
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Somewhere in the crowd of dreams,
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somewhere among nocturnal creatures
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Daylight enemies unite.
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Hour upon hour.
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A heelless shoe across the newly polished floor.
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Waltzing, tiptoeing, taking charge, leading a mission: depending on a night and a day.
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How far will this night lead this?
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Will we pass Jupiter or one of its moons,
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will we arrive in time for our own funerals,
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will we still be the enemies?
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Silence after noise.
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We pretend we are asleep.
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No need to talk; nothing to say.
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We are enemies in no hurry to part,
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and recent lovers in adjoining room having no time to stay.
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