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:

Graff
Equivocality

I am the poet of portraits in Graffiti
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pencils are paint
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paper is bridge walls
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Freehand like free write,
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like those found on napkins or notebooks
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Structure follows guidelines found in stencils
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Each layer is a stanza
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My letters blend with punctuation over-spray
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'till my words mend my exaggerated tragedies
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with colors forced from cans against rock medium
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composing sounds of memories
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tied to music in my ear holding back the fears
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drown the sirens after gun shots round the corners
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of strip clubs and barber shops
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yet, only enough to keep the breathe in every alley
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behind bars beneath seas of parked cars
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dressed as black as the shadow by my side
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stretched across the pavement from the city street lights
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as it follows me between buildings
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across the clock that separates the night
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I write in every language
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a synchronized stride until morning brings my messages to light
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beyond the suburbs between the day light
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below the freeway
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