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:


Silently, Quickly
I reign through the night
The magic of terror
To give you a fright
This rush; this rush of power
I abuse it on you
To make you cower
This time it's worse
Gun in my hand
No-one will know
I don't leave a brand
Gone from here now
They won't understand
Disturbing mass
Blood on the sand
I wander the streets
And hear what they say
He killed once again
And just slipped away
I walk through my door
At the end of the day
Its happening again
Get out of my way
Here they come now
Flashes of blue
I've been brought undone
I never thought they knew
Deadly hail of lead
I'm hit by a few
Shooting right back
I'm hitting them too
Now comes the rush
Badges they show
One question I ask
How did they know?
Thrown to the ground
They won't let me go
Time for the chair
No more death shall I sow.

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