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:

Writer's Block

Maybe I could find something good to say
if I could just
for once
keep my eyes open
or my head in place
but lots of crazy people
find good words to scream
words that just writhe someplace inside
before they're unleashed
and I'll cling to theirs
I'll hang on tight
knuckles white
with my eyes squinted shut.
So tell me:
how do I write in a condition like this?
My hands are too busy
keeping me upright
keeping me pissed.

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