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:

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an Albatross Beneath My Cheek

I break at right angles
to your parallel slumber.
Never one to look around corners
you wake in today as I rise,
two feet in tomorrow,
three back in yesterday.
I am smarter
but you, a better heart,
though myopic
curving distance
twice removed
if three's the charm
(or life sentence)
reflecting which side
of the flame you're on.
I whored a moment
for new meaning.
Turned out,
it was just semantics.

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