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:

Refrigerator Art
Isabelle5

You gave me a box of crayons
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for my 35th birthday.
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When I told you I am no artist,
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you shook your head in sorrow.
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“Play,” you urged.
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I opened the box, smelled
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the familiar scent of wax
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that once thrilled me
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on Christmas mornings.
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I made stick figures for you,
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drawn in black and grey.
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“Color!” you insisted.
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Taking green, I make a vibrant sky,
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running red with strawberry-scented rain.
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“Picasso is coming from his grave
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to shake your hand,” you grin.
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Thanking you, I turn away,
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take up my pen,
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returning to the only art I know,
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the one that has its teeth in me.
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