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:

On "Having a Coke With You"

I called you
when I was outside
because it was windy and because the sun
was orange despite the cold.
It was still winter but
the first time in months
that there were such sharp shadows
on everything.
I took pictures of them, the shadows,
but it wasn't enough so
I called you and the wind
beat on the voicepiece of the phone,
so I turned my back to it and stood
in a sharp shadow and the sun flickered,
moved behind clouds like tunnel
lamps flashing between cars
at Penn Station.
I called you
and the grass was just regrowing
and the ground was soggy from
the rain this morning. But I walked
on it anyway and pressed rainwater
out of the ground like dishwater from
a neon yellow sponge and I called because
I had just read Frank O'Hara
and when I caught you, you were on the
way out the door but
I asked you to wait and you did and
when I finally got down to reading the poem I
was breathless from finding a bench to sit on
and from the excitement of hearing your voice.
The sun was low in the sky
and I rushed all the lines
and had to shout over the wind so when I was finally finished
you weren’t sure if I was done
or if I was unfolding the papers (the wind had wrapped
around my fingers) or if I was just pausing to catch
my breath.

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