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:

dialogue with absence

the Tuesday sun
at the tip of a cigarette,
my head awoke to a strange buzz
reminding me of the time when
we met
in a Denny’s diner,
hair disheveled from the morning drive,
your t-shirt the density of fruit
ripe for the picking,
the small of your neck
the color of sand,
your breath heaving like
the turban of a sheikh
lassooed to his virgin bride,
to the clumsiness of it all,
patched jeans stubborn and tight,
butterfly on the left thigh,
a lady bug pocket on the right,
dragonfly shoe laces
in the one long moment
it took to light a cigarette,
your hands clamping its
damp filter, the rotten smell of
homeless months seeping through
and out of dusty lungs,
the ease of it all
happening, finally,
the one dimensional clarity
of slender hands raised above your head,
hip bones protruding under lace,
my girlish touch,
a contracted hallucination
embarrassed in its restraint,
my mouth,
a pinstriped watering hole
you drank and drank from,
watching me stir less,
talk less loudly, my breathing
less chained or chiseled,
its frozen motion
like the fire-breath of
a first zephyr.

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