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:

On Reading "Astral Travel for Dummies"

I shall change my name to Astral,
lie back upon my bed and wish
myself away, out of this body
that is my castle and my cage,
a silver string tied to my toe,
a trinket in a moment called Life.
I will chuckle as you freeze
when I ruffle your hair,
breathe on your neck and dust
your pictures as I pass, spying on
your life when I am not with you.
Tomorrow when we meet,
you will search my eyes for truth,
find only a trick of the light,
believing me when I say "It wasn't me."

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