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:


Ribbons of flesh unravel
My hand yearns for mutilation
Smooth pink innocence
Penetrated by jagged bone
My restlessness drives me to damnation
My pain is amplified
By silent wails of agony
Deafening cries eat away at my core
Leaking insanity into a void of truth
My brain bores holes through my heart
These are wells which hold only emptiness
That which once was sweet nectar
Becomes stale
That which once pumped life
Now spews despair
Numbness flows over my body
I realize the pain of silence
As numbness subsides
I am consumed by reality
Embraced by cold and darkness
I'd fall but they would not let me
They pump me full of synthetic emotion
Consisting of more metal than medicine
The process is long and excruciating
In the end there were only shadows

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