poetry critical

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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:

Ondine
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Ondine,
 1
 
 
like a wish
 2
 
 
in a well, she
 3
 
 
is not the crest
 4
 
 
or the swell but the
 5
 
 
drawing in— the pad of
 6
 
 
the foot hardly touching.
 7
 
 
Here is a girl who learned
 8
 
 
to tell time by the ebb of
 9
 
 
a man’s day — look to
 10
 
 
see how she swims
 11
 
 
ashore for more.
 12
 
 
The fell wave
 13
 
 
recedes,
 14
 
 
she
 15
 
 
finds
 16
 
 
her fiction
 17
 
 
in the clammy
 18
 
 
weeds. Look to see
 19
 
 
how she sings, thin and
 20
 
 
heedless. Harpy or siren?
 21
 
 
The difference and not the
 22
 
 
girl is the myth. A fit for
 23
 
 
the floor— sand; a door
 24
 
 
to another kind of
 25
 
 
sea: a binding.
 26
 
 
The story and
 27
 
 
not the
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girl is
 29
 
 
the fiction.
 30
 
 
Tail around
 31
 
 
the tide, beached
 32
 
 
wood the only thing
 33
 
 
like milk or honey, salt the
 34
 
 
only thing that breathes in the same
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way she does. Ondine, you are never the one who tells.
 36

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