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:

familiar bloodscent.

choking on that scent
hidden behind your ear
sweet, smoky potpourri,
disarmingly delicious,
it enveloped my senses
and sent it to me
with a two cent stamp
three weeks later
my untied sneakers
still dangle
from barked harshness
while fanatical endeavors
based on withered memory
leave me with
ashy, knobby knees
that your moist lipped kisses
can no longer cure
those very sneakers
had slammed against gravel
running full speed into
the stinging understanding
of what was
what will be
i used to enjoy
every snicker
the embers now consume,
now angry, hushed,
the taste of breath
against pressured tongues
is the icing on the cake
though the writing on the wall
will always be the cherry
taunting me,
on the verge of bullying
i took it personally
delving into myself
for the strength you took with you
while parts of me harangued
for retribution
rinse, repeat until the obsession subsides

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