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:

Through a Broken Window

She doesn't like parties or doors,
prefers to slip out unobserved.
Stained glass becomes her,
especially scarlet,
broken by violent winds -
a hurricane spoken
in churches by ministers
preaching God as a hovering spirit -
like vapor breathed out
by a vixen in winter.
She gives head willingly
but won't swallow,
her gag reflex honed
to a fragile embrace,
with scars that lie comfortably
along her arms, pink as
Barbie freeways,
ready for another ride.
On Sunday, she sleeps in,
reads Psalms and the Old Testament,
finding her sin on every page,
knowing that her hope is big enough
to carry her across the gap between
what she is and what she is to be.

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