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:

Sock Problems

When my socks fall off
they fall on your face.
There’s a cunning cucumber
I just can’t erase
It camouflages on workdays,
when the bursting byre
bursts open with its
comely heifers.
It has layers of pigments
in its rigid skin
that shift up and down
and sometimes spin.
When my gloves fall off
they stop in mid-air.
I like the way
they impassively stare.
If you were to pose
they’d stare at your nose –
the one with ultraviolet freckles
wrapped in transparent tin foil.
They’d stare for an entire mod
while having lunch with a frog
in the near-vacant vestibules,
before proceeding to the ground.

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