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:


We've agreed to forget all
broken things, the adulterous
nightmares; leave behind
regrets and other dates
that could never have been.
Unrequited swing of an eye,
a nudge of stale air, a pause
in a voice - what is left stalking,
taking weak turns at casting vice.
We don’t argue, not in front
of strangers or in private,
we know better than to mock
the darkness coating our eyelids,
the drowsiness of heart's desire.      
Like a rock on a string we
recover, darling, in time
for the count of unions still
standing, in time to bury strife
and our heads under covers -
freshly washed offerings
each to the other - cotton
edges pressed under my feet,
tucked carefully under yours.

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