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 peels like leaves of lettuce on
a head of cabbage in
the backyard of a subconscious house
which does not belong to me yet.
I meticulously tend to it and, although
the head rotates on its roots
with my movement -- like a winding clock --
it possesses no eyes to observe me;
green wrinkles writhe along the folds of skin
like a winding worm leisurely devouring the head.
Backs of pale salad leaves weaken, bend
like sparse, white hair tossed back
to bud open a preserved, sequestered center
when I finally claim this house in
a spring that shall be my own --
oh you are,  you are still here! But
neither is who we imagine ourselves to be.

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