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:

braille on skin

tom waits growl
and peacocks settling into
urban sprawl,
i say
the green bowl with the peanuts in it
festers, and little by little
the air and the salt marry.
he drinks hairy,
you can see the vomit on knotted tendrils
and like a kite in a vault
you flop
the rain has settled into mud,
the bones jangle in your throat,
and when you speak
i look for the ribs
of the children you say you love.
tom waits is being quiet now,
and the dress i spilled myself
into has moulted,
the threads thrill into my skin
like the worms which want
to swim through my meat.
and when you dumped me
back into the closet,
i think a piece ripped,
like a little paper hand--
    clings to you.
brailles over the lies,
like dots connecting,
aching for the throat.

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