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:

a hopkins lecture on tuesday

Darling, this charge, it is an overtone, a shiver,
the scent of you sweeping in doorways
spilling inexpensive vintages, cellphones
and shaking thighs.  I have spent a century
drowning and offer you
nights entombed in cat-hair, cigarette butts,
traffic tickets underfoot;
I shall force your knuckles together and
anesthetize your ankles.
You are all lips and anxiety, I should
stroke you into stillness,
part your hair with my tongue,
buy groceries and change the litterbox.
When you exercise eminent domain over my sidewalks,
when you abscond with automatic weapons from my medicine cabinet,
you have made it: you have flown naked
and shaking over self-absorbed shepherds.
You are every definition of the sacred and profane
I can taste in jalapeno and rum on Sundays.

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