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:


It was summer, I had found
myself at the base of an oak again
silence but for distant wind
arriving through trees
then low to the ground through the field
stippled with yellow wild flowers.
a wren in a high branch shifts
and sings a song
I, for a moment, think I understand
but I can't truly understand
what it is to be unaware of mortality
to project with such freedom
a song of pure joy
and I sat, palms cupped over soft earth
wondering what it must be like
to let go
    let go  
and right there in front of God,
the oak and wren on a high branch
I began to sing.

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