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:

Untitled, 10/26

I realize now, to great chagrin,
that this too shall see an end.
He will be young and kind and thin,
and I will be buried in pillows again,
thinking of coloring and paddling down the street to see Grandma in a wagon just like Fred Flintstone's.
The bottom torn out from beneath my feet.  
She would have warned me about boys like you,
for in her day flesh was necessary -- deflection for the stones and the hardship.
Maybe, in the end, I deflect too much.
(That is to say, I am too much flesh.)
Maybe she reaches through the breach, shielding me blind until the clash is unavoidable.
Loving you simply won't be enough.
I am, sadly, capable of no more.

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