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:

Skin
challenge

I turn and catch a glimpse
 1
Of myself in yonder mirror
 2
And I think to myself
 3
“That can’t be me”
 4
But I move my fingers
 5
And so does the girl
 6
And her hair is fastened
 7
The same as mine
 8
Her bangs cut
 9
With unskilled scissors
 10
But that isn’t how I want to be
 11
That isn’t my
 12
Perception of me
 13
 
 
And though I twist
 14
And though I turn
 15
Trying to find a pose
 16
Into which herself
 17
She cannot bend
 18
I slowly come to know
 19
That the girl is me
 20
And I cannot escape her.
 21
She takes me
 22
In her out-stretched claws
 23
And coos a tune into my ear
 24
Corrupting my mind.
 25
Her poisoned lullaby.
 26

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