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:

waiting for the bus in the winter

condensation and smoke unfurl
lungs, freezing and burning in turn.
blood boils down to hands
fingers stiffening and pink.
weight shifting, swaying as if drunk,
yet calculating motion.
body trembling in the wind,
the shyest leaf,
paper thin skin
clenching corduroy to flesh
probing the strip of skin left exposed
squinted eyes, waiting.

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