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:

Olive Branch (French Poetry)

I crushed your brittle fingers.
It was all I could do--
you found my keys
and threw them into the pond.
Your face is a shapeshifter
and now my car won't start.
I think you're trying to hurt me.
(Forgiveness is a contrivance).
I bought you a locket with
the certificate you gave me.
There's a picture of me inside, smiling.
While you were unconscious,
I put the locket around your neck.
I'm sorry I broke your hand;
are you sorry you broke my heart?
(Forgiveness is a true emotion).

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