poetry critical

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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:

what price...
moxie

am i supposed to sit here questioning priorities and virtues
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how 12-year-old baseball heroes are glorified
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but 17-year-old women's rights activists go unnoticed;
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how 19-year-old high school seniors,
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champs of the wrestling teams
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are revered as gods
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even though they drink too much at parties
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and pass out vomiting on someone else's couch
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after taking advantage of the fourth insecure girl
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who weeps not knowing her own worth;
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but quiet bookish students who publish their own works
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on life and faith, on truth and beauty
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who can quote keats and relate to thoreau,
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who compare with kerouac and magritte
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get a pat on the back at most
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but get teased by fellow students
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for their saddle shoes and haircuts
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whose blood trickles quietly down bathroom drains
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when they can't take it anymore
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whose funerals go tragically unattended because
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no one cared enough about their lack of brawn
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to scatter some earth to lay to rest the young genius's grave?
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am i supposed to be wondering why i'm supposed to be so stifled
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in health and heart?
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am i supposed to shut my mouth and cover it with another
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$7 tube of revlon
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forget to eat
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give up feeding mind and soul
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and practice walking on 6-inch heels
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rather than read about little mary shelley
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or robespierre?
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am i supposed to place my faith in old rich white men
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who design $60 t-shirts i'm supposed to wear like rosaries?
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calvin klein works in mysterious ways,
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and in tommy we trust?
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am i supposed to give it all up
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and be the paper doll everyone seems to want me to be?
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i'm sick of checking
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seventeen magazine
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to see if razor blades are
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InStyle.
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