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:

Luther's Folly

Under night’s shade, insipid intrusion
Forgiveness naught but papal illusion
Heavy sharp panes of empty window light
Dark shadows draw close suppressing one’s flight
Manuscripts bound in rich leather and myth
Slam hard against bones, and cut to the quick
Heretical blood defiles the pages
Murderous lies steadfast thru the ages
They plunge and they pierce, they burn and ignite
Return to their prose with envy and spite
Unable to accept, author unknown
Such desperate mulct unheard of since Rome
Internal witness, deep whispers revealed
The odor of heresy is inhaled
Doctrinal dogma not spoken in jest
Endowment sought from the crowned and the blessed
Decades pass and theology grows old
Still you will kill to believe what you’re told
Take the sinners, the wicked, and the slight
And march them off into treacherous night.
Drowning me.
With your deep red gowns of bloody nonchalance.

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