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:

Sonnet (Untitled at the moment)

Since you have smashed into my life I've fled
into a box to hide my frightened eyes
I curl inside myself-no room to spread
my legs and hopes for to your strings I'm tied.
You've packaged me, a pretty bow lays gleam
within these layered tissues I'll confide
my secrets hidden, covered and it seems
a comfort here not knowing what's outside.
No pondered guess from you about this square,
no shook suspense comes from your tired touch
for last you knew you left these contents bare
a pretty bow and tissue can't weight too much.
You've trophied me and held me with flase pride,
but someone else has dared to look inside.

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