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:


The fatigued benches creak,
prostrating themselves
before all who pass,
the clothed or naked,
the exhausted young.
Padlocks on the lockers
are scattered eyes sneaking looks
at bodies wrapped only in steam.
At least here,
when nothing speaks,
I can grab the metal door handle,
and for a moment
only feel the cold of it
thrusting itself into my palm and blood,
and forget the way chill sometimes seeps
between my toes like the junkie’s needle.
In these moments of silence I remember
the way your hands rubbed
my heaving back, as if their warmth
would stop my shaking.

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