poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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:

For the Other World
unknown

The slope of your hip are landing strips
 1
for a swan
 2
in the Detroit River
 3
 
 
You named the celloist
 4
with the fantastic fingers
 5
Only he can trace the geometry of your wrist
 6
and kneecaps
 7
 
 
We dance to the sound
 8
of a wooden oboe
 9
catching the pitch of a song
 10
a thousand years old
 11
 
 
Strangers holding hands
 12
in the delicacy of bath water
 13
 
 
When the bridge changes
 14
on a twelve string guitar
 15
to the melody which really says goodbye
 16
don't let me go
 17
 
 
When the dogwood blossoms open
 18
and when I eat a pear
 19
and watch the thistle swim in pools
 20
they complete a song
 21
 
 
We are precious stones in a pond
 22
They sink to the bottom
 23
and no one ever really knows
 24
their beauty
 25

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