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:

Seeing Grace

I told you
'we made a memory'
the day we visited your grandmother
at her retirement community.
We were there to vacuum
her four by seven carpet;
you were the picture
of a loving grandson
as I watched you navigate
around precious objects.
I sat with her, smiled, laughed,
as she eagerly told me
things I couldn't make out,
things she couldn't remember.
Before we left you pointed to me
and told her,
'This one will be part of the family soon'.
I steeled myself against leaving,
not wanting that time
to turn so quickly into 'past'.
Before the car drove away
I turned myself back with a love for her
for you
for us
and waved at what had been.
You smiled at me
and I told you
'we made a memory'.

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