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:

Everything is lifey

I'm like a child
painting the shapes in my head
the hearts stars and all their strings
and midnight curtains
tied around my neck as a cape for
a superhero unearthing the sociopaths
that haunt the feeding stalls
where my friends work and
sing, safe and sound
in a world that revolves
around tomorrow
where maybe we
get to wake up warm, well fed,
clothed clean and entertained
by the ghosts that yesterday
were villains on the news
faces being remembered as psychopaths
while the victims names were memorialized
names painted etched and engraved
up above the ground on a block of marble
marking a spot in the green grass
we can say here lies so and so
and tomorrow we're gonna do things different
maybe outlaw guns
because it worked so well with drugs
or bad words and
naked women on television
all the unethical immoral garbage trash rubbish
we need to hide from the kids
and instead give them
big fat soda pop bibles candy Sunday school rules TV Xbox and Jesus
tomorrow the world may be warmer
but today we have AC and ice cream
and anyway watches can Google solutions
and we have police to protect us from the fanatical minorities
and politicians and judges and lawyers figuring everything out
so all these stories we see
these mass murderers and terrorists and villains
will just go away
you know it's true because they even made a movie about it
and if they didn't you can just
find it on the internet, it's rule 34,
and it's not like any of us would ever break it.

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