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:

A Juniper Berry

The juniper berry
lays warm in my mouth
like the kisses you gave to me
I’m lying, waiting,
beneath these ancient trees,
but I don’t know if you are near
Your smooth, virulent lips
whispered secrets yesterday,
of what ambrosial things you had in store for
You promised so much,
and I didn’t even cry out
when you smashed your lips against
And now this berry is too ripe,
a sour foulness fills my mouth
and I spit out what you gave to

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