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:


the psychological toilet was more than
a device to expunge toxic mental feces—
it was made to employ a species
of smarter theses, of a statement made in
dependency abatement—but he was sick
of the gross stick, as it made him feel
stuck in the psychoanalyst’s plumber’s crack—
in actuality, however, it was the variety of chemical infatuation
heavily sniffled by the noses of sad addiction, that made him
this one boy behind,
choosing to bury himself—the one who needed to
unload on that comfy couch, but chose not to—
and the road
to overload was the
final step in the dung,
sung on the damn flushing of
good brain cells—
john was on his last cigarette
butt, at the edge of his
life—and the poor
bloke was gone in one
swiping stroke.

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