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:


so we glance up from green gables,
an old make-out spot of fables,
to watch the stars fall from the sky,
burning colors in the atmosphere
it seems the shoreboard is on fire
with heat from all the other cars
and we sit on the hood to keep warm,
smiling in the limelight of old times,
questioning our every metaphor
for insight to our thoughts
so i've gathered a few stones,
one flint and five grams of oxygen,
three minutes worth of energy
to let our sparks collect alive
for whenever we might give our guts
a chance to churn the butterflies,
and we sit in silent summer stares,
with wrinkled brows and eager eyes,
still dumbstruck by old doubt,
inquiring of every dwindling vibe:
is it worth it to rekindle this dud?

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