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:

August Night to be Remembered in January

Drops of bathwater,
browned by her dirt
coated skin, splatter against
the mauve -colored tiled walls,
the shining mirror new and too large.
A spider, not a daddy long legs,
scares her, but the legs are curled.
His body is against the side of the open
window, and the heavy August night
saturates her skin as she dries.
The towel is a plush wine color; she smiles,
remembering the flush of her mother's skin
after she sips merlot (two glasses), while
enjoying a restaurant dinner. Her father
will visit later this day, and he will compliment
her blonde curls, darkened like soot on the walls
of the chimney in winter, when the plushness
of bath towels wrap around and around and
around and around-rings of the moons of Saturn.
Brook winding around the house drains into the
river that sparkles like the diamonds punched into
her ears. Like cleanliness.

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