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:

My Hidden Desire

Screaming inside my mind
the words I long to say.
Wondering if you will hear them.
Can you see confusion
behind these brown eyes?
How I long to grab for your hand;
I try to figure out what holds me back.
I know that it's entirely me.
I can't help but think about
how much better off you would be.
If I were to disappear into the night
no one would ever know.
Least of all the one I desire,
the one I want to see.
I hold back my emotions.
If I hide behind my fear
I can keep you protected,
from the demons buried inside.
I can only do my best
to keep you from even more pain.
I know this is selfish of me
to want to keep you close
yet I know I have no choice
but to let you go.

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