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:


I dreamt I was Ishmael,
dove under whitecaps and somersaulted on waves
in my nightclothes,
leapt off a dorsal fin and my splash was envied
repaid hello to a passing urchin;
i wrote a poem in water.
had these fuzzily confused adventures while dozing like Rip:
slightly asleep for most of a life,
eyes half closed like royalty
sated on wine and cheese
and content with cake and circuses,
I dreamt.
Yes, as the seraphim danced and
cherubim kept the night vigil, I slept
and dreamt, of the monumental unknown,
and the confessional blue that broke in each wave.

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