poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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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:

The insistence of letters

The emptied shelves grow dusty as I wake up,
one day closer to departure.  On a rented  
desk table, a cacophony of balled notes and
bled pencils mocks the idea that every passing
thought must be accompanied by a commentary.
Each poetry book takes its cue from a memory
and I doubt whether I will need at all the ones
already swept away by the shallow token of grief:
my un-disciplined pen prawling about like a nomad
pleased by the resistance and ambush of pain.
Like foreign bodies, the volumes pile on the bed,
pushing their weight to a limit dynamic and too desirable
to discipline easily.  For weeks, I’ve packed and re-
packed them on long lists, familiar names of authors
adaptable and elemental, though beyond the power to heal.  
I cannot make up my mind and copy feverishly
random stanzas on recycled paper, other rhymes
already mapping the foundations of my next home.
The books to leave behind, I pile in a corner
to see how much I’ll have to do without.  Enough.

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