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:

there's always an answer

she was sitting by the river
trying not to shiver
as the cold rain kept beating on her skin
she thought her mind was bending
to the point her life was ending
and she wondered should she simply dive on in
she came from south chicago
and i don't know if even you know
that life there is hard and you barely do get by
she should have known when he first met her
and said "smoke this, you'll feel better"
with the first hit she was on her way to die
you won't listen to the warnings
and when you wake up in the mornings
your first thought is where you're gonna score
you tell yourself that it's the last time
you can quit and then you'll be fine
next thing you know you're doin' more and more
it's an endless game you're playing
'til you're on your knees and praying
"i need help, i can't do this on my own"
she knew her clock was ticking
then the baby started kicking
so she got up and went back to her mamas home
and she made it

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