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:


Friend Friend I need you
Your tiny frame holding a
liliput head.
You strike me dumb
little Tom Thumb
(it rhymes),
You do, you do, for
I cannot tell you
to your face, with
your sweet breath and
deep eyes that betray
little except sorrow
(when required to).
The art of phrasing is not
my gift.
I demand
you demand
except a need for each other,
not physical, sexual or animal,
but a feeling, a strong bridge between
two indecisive minds,
a friendship, a friendship,
a need for you,

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