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:

Lost at Sea

I was lost, and it mattered; this sea was no man.
Unaccustomed to myself, newly unfit for love,
I buoyed for the lengthy voyage of a life alone.
Well I threw the sailors overboard;
their abandoned masses dropped through meniscus.
The things which remained were enough to sustain.
And the gulls hawed in foreign tongues
at the pirate ghosts sleeping on the lookout.
I am lost. It doesn't matter. This sea will carry
me in currents until I am barnacled and gray
and my beams split apart at the knots.

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