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:

Hello My Old Heart, after The Oh Hellos

Hello my old heart.
How have you been? Are you still
there inside my chest?
Step lightly down thick
wooden steps but footing fails.
Bright wishes, open-
mouthed, strike against beams
of dewy sun. Pick baskets
brimming with color.
Observe cluttered fir
trees standing beyond an aged
train as she hums by.
Gaze upward toward blank
endless blue. Umbrella spins
over a child’s kiss.
Drops ripple in small
puddles, reflect mountain crests
surrounding. Fountains,
cascading champagne
bottles bursting. Touch dancing
Leaves. Rest. Fall in love.
Stride, speak, laugh, row, dip
in cool water. Jump steady.
Eyes follow gaze in-
to a fix. Enjoy
a moment well-spent. Clouds drift
beyond, dim rainbow
revealed from mist. Stand
still strong, pressing feet against
earth. Lift a child overhead.
Spread arms wide to sun
salutation. Let go, hanging.
Collide with two hands.
Hello, my old heart.
It’s been so long since we were
living young like this.

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