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:


I turn and catch a glimpse
Of myself in yonder mirror
And I think to myself
“That can’t be me”
But I move my fingers
And so does the girl
And her hair is fastened
The same as mine
Her bangs cut
With unskilled scissors
But that isn’t how I want to be
That isn’t my
Perception of me
And though I twist
And though I turn
Trying to find a pose
Into which herself
She cannot bend
I slowly come to know
That the girl is me
And I cannot escape her.
She takes me
In her out-stretched claws
And coos a tune into my ear
Corrupting my mind.
Her poisoned lullaby.

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