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:

Summer Came

Summer came – I felt seven again
and restless.
My lover's strong hands cleaned my wounds
and dried my tears without asking
for obligations in return.
He plucked me, wilted,
from the bathroom floor and his embrace told me
that I had nothing to fear;
scraped knees heal.
We stood side by side in the kitchen,
bathing in flour and innuendo.
He kissed me - tasting of sugar and cake batter,
and the egg I held in my hand slipped through
my fingers and cracked on the floor.
And as we kissed, he gently tucked
my hair behind my ear –
The summer breeze made him promise
he’d love me forever.

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