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:

society said so

remember when we laughed at hierarchies
spoke of society's constricted time
vowed never to fall at the heels
of pretty girls with sharp nails
or take the hand of those
tight lipped young men.
Today. you play footsies
under this table with your date's best friend
and I sit aside, on the arm of am 'almost' man
who slides his hand down an unclothed thigh.
Don't play foolish
I know more than to beg innocence
there are hopes here. smothered.
dreams taken down
notch by notch.
I work nights with men who smell of alcohol
and who am I to judge.
other than self-given,
I have no importance.

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