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's not cruelty
that makes me linger
upon your breathless impatience.
It's part mastery
fingertip control
the striking of taut piano strings.
It's part pleasure
Lost to time and space
Semibreves and quavers of whorls and ridges.
It's part imagination
I am you am me
a span shuddered by unison souls.
As dewdrop to the mighty seas,
A linger to your fevered please.

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