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:


"Look," said the teacher
And the children stared
“Don’t you see what the
funny man is doing?”
And the children smiled, for       the man was different,
And their lesson was to smile.
So they smiled and laughed
Darkened teacher eyes
Glittered merrily
“He is not like us, he is worse than us”
They laughed harder,
because they were told to
Faces twisted in
Inculcated laughter
In pale yellow light
Under the wining lamps.
And the tears began to run down their cheeks

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