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:

i have beaten the cold

there is still the scent
of rosemary on my hands
my tendons smell like spring
but they deceive
the rosemary's death
was announced by the fall
and here in california
she didn't stay for long
the frogs sing a dirge
and the aftermath perfume
from the stormy storehouse
rises from the concrete
and meets me halfway
between it and the powerlines
winter's coming
and i stood on her train
at 11 pm, friday the 13th
my lucky day-i prayed
to the God of Jonah
asked to be sent
asked to be given
a new heart and new eyes
and as i have beaten the cold
i know the smell of
autumn's slow surrender
because here he has no wit
and gives up before october
and heaven rains down the spoils

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