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:

Doorbell rings; but it brings Socrates to reassure,

The doorbell has different
tones, patterns of notes.
One is set off by random
straying electrical impulses.
Once in a while, variations
alert me to a caller, and
I am always surprised.
The heart still- still!                              1
needs to connect, now
and again.  I try to remember
why. The cocoon of the
familiar comforts me, and
I remember, again, Socrates,
‘Pleasure is the absence of pain.’

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