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 bled upon the seventh day

I bled upon the seventh day
wordless, empty,
game I'd play.
counting ticks without the tocks
from endless sounds
of partial clocks.
worthless words that
hold no meaning,
saying nothing of life,
yet seeming.
to grasp a thought,
still letting go,
before it's value
could ever show.
what could it be?
a puzzle perhaps,
locked in ideas
without a clasp.
why do you read
what you don't understand?
gibberish typing,
by unsettled hands.
shall I finish,
what holds no thought?
an outline of words
with no point that's sought.
       Gregory Reddick

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