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'm in my father's garden,
our eyes scan distant hills,
far beyond where roses spill,
to settle on his window sill.
He's had his fill,
and gone inside
to suck and blow his ancient pipe,
among artifice supporting life.
I stay and scrape
neglected ground,
talk out loud,
but there's no sound.
A gleaming river,
grips my throat,
sailing boats
will float away
to places  he will never miss,
because he thinks they don't exist.

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