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:


Wanting nothing more
than to feel alive.
I hold everything inside,
wanting to let go yet
grab on for dear life.
Just let it ride
Not once going to stop,
do what I always do.
I over analyze everything,
wanting, for once to be free.
Let the chips fall
wherever they may,
yet again my fear
holds me in check.
I'm afraid to give up control and
let someone else take charge.
So I scream silently,
afraid to be heard.
Wondering if in fact
I am losing my mind.
Is there someone there?
Someone who will help
pick up the broken pieces
of my shattered soul?

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