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:

Trompe l’oeil

You webbed a web
and songed a song
we brewed a brew
bottled a bottle
and brought a long face along
For what’s in a mug
but seven perceptive holes
two on the side to hear
two in-between to see
one to swallow and swear
and a flaring pair
inhaling on the nose
The Psalm instructs
to “taste and see”
not sit and speak
like a mastered animal
so fill your bowl
with morsel and smoke—
fill your ocular reservoirs
with deluges of beauty
unabashed nudity
and natural extravagance
in ornamental plumage—
but store your story
and muffle your muff—
living is enough

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