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:

The Chronicles of Rejection & A Lesson

First there's the rejection-
then one seeks redemption.
With anger
comes the trivial need of attention
Methods are tried:
with obsession
the person attempts seduction
It doesn't work
and one throws a tantrum
and debates suicide
A dagger is stabbed through the heart of the denying
Hurt is realized in the hearts of the pride
Their insides being exposed, they feel
denial is all they try and show,
while they appeal
The story is repeated
time and again
with those rejected,
here and there
No one's ever absolutely fair anywhere
we just have to wrap out hearts up,
a little more, the next time we give it to someone
Just gift-wrapping won't work
it's a long journey each time
over unpaved roads,
rough seas,
hills and mountains with nest abundant in bees
and sometimes quick sand
We must be prepared
and wrap our hearts up with layers of bubble wrap
protect it in a box-
filled with spongebobs- the soft plushies, not actual ones
bind it tight with layers of tape that's right
Bless the heart and hope for the best
for rejection's quite a test

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