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:

marked: return to sender.

no-send letter number twenty-three.
we've exhausted our options.
we count them one by one.
we've found ourselves jaded
by this cycle we've begun.
i'm cautious to move forward,
for what will i find?
in your brain is hidden a different
perspective of our lives.
i've endeavored upon a journey
that requires the mending of my soul,
but i've brought back nothing but
frustration and it's seemingly getting old.
nervous of your hand upon another
tender breast...
i sink my issues, thoughts and feelings
under my skin until there's nothing left.
i'm struggling between which
road i should turn on.
really only one question remains:
am i ready for you to be gone?
i've attacked my lungs, my bones,
the very essence of my being.
i wish to over-take your eyesight
to simply see what you are seeing.
i've filled up every page in this book
with my simple no-send letters.
but, i suppose i'll adorn them with stamps
as it's clear we will not get better.

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