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:

Golden One

Your hair, golden sunbeams of summer,
Your eyes, blue at first, then green,
Desire hiding behind your mask,
a mask, to me palpable,
I pull you close to me,
trembling virginal flesh
and sense your racing heart
through your summer-thin clothes.
I lean into you and look at your
young, pretty face and am struck
by your ingenuousness, even as
I am overwhelmed by my selfish
desire for your young womanness.
Your moistened lips beckon to me and
I lean toward you, and kiss your heavenly
lips, oh - for just a moment, my precious.
One of your hands explores my face and slips easily into my thick black hair.
I'm tumbling, falling, losing my conscious mind in delirium.  Is it time yet?
With gentle deliberation I begin my task,
which is to, little by little
Peel off your

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