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:

Beneath These Blue Eyes

Like light on the azure oceans
I may look beautiful on the surface,
But if you swim in me,
If you drown in my emotions
You will see me crash upon rocks,
You will see me caress islands
But like a tide I must retreat,
For I am ever changing,
And you my love are the coral which cuts me,
The sloping sand I cannot reach
The crying gull,
The perfect beach.
Beneath my skin there are layers of soul
And you touch my skin with a hunger,
But you starve my soul my love.
Talk to me and tell me why,
You think our love will never die,
Tell me why I am unique
Be my strength when I am weak,
My constant sun, my shepherding moon,
My winter sky, my warming June
Only then will I be whole,
Once you have ‘connected’ with my soul.

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