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:


you said
i looked like charlie sheen
wrote your number
on the wax paper
around my bagel
and rang me up.
i had a girlfriend
but we met upstairs
at the pizza joint
met again
and you brought pictures of your family
like i asked.
i don't function
within the same paradigm
as most guys,
i told you
while making smoothies
at my apartment
i could lay
it on thick
ted bundy
had nothing
on me.
over my girlfriend
finally caught up to passion
i flat
back then
i rode my bicycle everywhere
you were waiting
at the curb
in your dad's
old tan buick
'i didn't do anything!'
'you can't just disappear!'
'you can't treat people like this!'
you yelled
following right behind me
honking the horn.
i cut through
an alley
hid out
in the bathroom
of a laundromat
jumped the curb
and ran
into the woods
hit all the corners
like a
until you
ran out of steam.

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