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:

From Fire to Smoke to Ashes

his blood thick with gasoline
veins drawn to aspire
head brimmed in sin
destiny's kid
   hemmed in a jacket
straight as an arrow
blessed the beast within
pure as evil
   down to his caustic marrow
   and it was meant to be
written in stone graves
that he shall live by the sword
   and die in flames
there were no tears shed
   on cheeks blood-red
for justice was done
   by those ruined by his birth
hell reached to the sun
   as smoke billowed from the earth

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