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:

oh angsty rain

O let me wait a while longer
for your hands to capture my worry and
bury it far beneath
the cavernous ridges of my muddied footprints.
Only suppressed, not erased.
How I have longed to contemplate those palms
and peer into the deepness I wish existed.
As the sky opens, limpid pools surface
in the prelude to this long-praised dance
of moisture.
Drops cascade down my cheeks
and fall against waiting fingers.
Attempts to find meaning within each droplet
flood my conciousness.
A half-hearted desire to see a reflection of
this great expanse, this world among stars.
My wet eyes were born of clouds, not of sorrow.
You will not recognize this,
and I prefer it so.
Perhaps these hands are now besieged
by business cards and
letters containing hollow messages,
diluted from overuse.
No one listens.
Perhaps you only forgot.
Just let me see the light before I go.

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