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:

Hot Claustrophobia

Humidity and unrelenting temperatures soaring
higher than tropic tendency,
I am suffocated by your enveloping
in this air of claustrophobia.
In this midwest, this square Missouri,
I am unable to explain myself properly,
here in this belt of baptized country,
I crave the freaks.
I cannot sit and bite my tongue,
but I will not give them new cause to shun
me or my precious loves anymore.
I would rather pull all my hair out, or
better yet
let's all shave our heads.
It can be our secret freak uniform,
and cool us ever so slightly
under their laser eyes.

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