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:

For the Other World

The slope of your hip are landing strips
for a swan
in the Detroit River
You named the celloist
with the fantastic fingers
Only he can trace the geometry of your wrist
and kneecaps
We dance to the sound
of a wooden oboe
catching the pitch of a song
a thousand years old
Strangers holding hands
in the delicacy of bath water
When the bridge changes
on a twelve string guitar
to the melody which really says goodbye
don't let me go
When the dogwood blossoms open
and when I eat a pear
and watch the thistle swim in pools
they complete a song
We are precious stones in a pond
They sink to the bottom
and no one ever really knows
their beauty

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