poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

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mustang lights the shutter snaps
 1
here now—there—away and again
 2
you return, sun through a glass eye
 3
 
 
and smiling always, up and down
 4
hands held tightly—
 5
 
 
“reins” i tell you, “stirrups”
 6
 
 
“parking lots” you tell me, reaching
 7
around my neck, nickel stringed
 8
and humming the whole way “home”
 9
 
 
one day, one day, someday
 10
walking through a hallway mirror
 11
we shall know—warmth
 12
 
 
your head on my lap, asleep
 13
your breath, these measures
 14
this persistent metronome
 15
 
 
here—again, mustang lights
 16
the shutter snaps, your eyes
 17
flash, always—the sun, smiling
 18
 
 
now home, now “whole”
 19

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