poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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:

paralyzed from the wrist down
mandolyn

i can't write like you–
 1
the bird hasn't come to the window
 2
in a long time
 3
 
 
i contemplated severing my fingers
 4
so we could be alike
 5
only i'd wear gloves
 6
 
 
i'm ill over pens and phantoms
 7
and the army men inside my head–
 8
but i believe you
 9
when you say you are a monster
 10
 
 
scribbling me in the closet
 11
 
 
the last time i slept
 12
i had to claw my way out of a dream–
 13
you brand your initials on my thigh
 14
 
 
have you ever woke up shouting?
 15
 
 
your name lost its balance
 16
on my tongue
 17
and it fell, bloody on the floor
 18
 
 
scrubbing you out of a nightmare
 19
is harder than i thought;
 20
if only i could stay awake all summer...
 21
listen for the birds you've trained
 22
 
 
watch for falling nests
 23
 
 
but i'm just a mess you made
 24
in the back seat of your car
 25
stuffed inside your compositions
 26
 
 
out of breath beneath the page
 27

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