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:

Against The Wailing Wall

My prayers vanish
inside the meleke limestone.
I didn't want tears.
I'm not stone.  I'm not flesh.
I'm shadow and dark reflection
on this wall like smoke
or rising incense.
I touch the gentle white flash of stone
which shimmers
with a woman's shawl,
but I can't walk away because
I see so many desert flowers,
sent postcards
rolled up like cigarettes
inside the holes,
meticulously folded and taped together.
Threads of sentences
in between cracks and crevices.
Brushstrokes of black Jewish hats
rocking back and forth
through me
like a wave
inside the wall
crushing me.

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