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:

Being Half

My men are tight-lipped
Brick walls
That make promises
Just to have something to break
They are stones
That say they have hearts
That go through the
Motions of aching
Making you observe them
Listen to their songs
About how you love other stones
About how it hurts their hearts
That you don't love them enough
But they are empty rib cages
Redeemed only
By a suit of muscular grace
And a mother's love
And I disappoint
I fall flat
Of course
Weak arms
I lose
The empty
The frozen
The dead
The me
The edges
Breaking can openers
Accruing late fees
Spreading myself
I carry an aching point
A raw afternoon dream
And your complete silence
All in my hands
Being solid
Having body
Having heart
And disappearing
For you

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