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:

Chosen routes

Chosen routes  
Our paths are set with  
destination and substance  
contours flattened for ease  
and convenience
marked with rules and regulation  
start here; end there  
know your route Mr Jones  
or you will get lost; you  
best be prepared for that.  
Nature’s route weaves its way  
through field and forest  
each step determined by  
foot; hoof and claw  
the hills undulate naturally  
no artificial moulding here, and  
every foot adheres to its own  
rules and regulations.  
Both paths collide from time to time  
tar and soil converge  
and upon this divide  
the casualties of their meeting lay
motionless, blackened.
every passing vehicle anoints with its own offering
and still we pass; oblivious to our part.
don’t get lost Mr Jones, best be prepared for that.

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