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:

Sweet Silence

ringing ears and pounding drums,
my head beats scathed by noise.
It rattles like rusted chains
and screeches like your nails
on my chalkboard.
The sounds scream at me
and I beg it to stop.
I beg it to cease.
Yet sweet silence is
a stranger to me.
What will it take for
you to let me sleep
in sweet silence?
high pitched yelps of a wounded dog,
the refrains echo torturingly.
The howling of a dying cat,
it fills every fiber of my
being with the painful agony
of the sour notes of a melody.
And the sounds scream at me
and I beg it to stop.
I beg it to end.
For sweet silence is
a stranger to me.
I cannot sleep
in sweet silence
until your noise decides to end.

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