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:

I love her, I hate her, I need her

Mother voice - nature or nurture?
I still it quickly when it comes,
unbidden, to my lips -
scorn or hurt
or a past which
cannot be removed.
I wasn't even born yet,
why must I struggle
to fix her life as a child?
Every hurt reviewed
each time we speak,
she has never called me
just to ask, "How are you?"
I am the mother now,
rocking her pain
with soothing words,
putting the phone down
after saying good-bye -
weeping for all she cannot be,
weeping for all I still need.

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