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:

Existentialist In God's Garden

I move towards the highest point.
see distant hikers joined to long horizons;
sheep are spots of white.
Swallows dart through slow creeping shadows
cast by consecutive clouds, while stalks of tall grass
bend together to send waves falling over hills
that lie fallow. A whole world spread
on one hillside. I swear
I was moved by something greater
than I could command.
Have I been mistaken?
For a moment I watched,
balanced between, but then
my horizon cleared.

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