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:


Living mines moments
in a quarry,
forms language geodes,
druzy couched in rock,
worn by water.
Virginia waded into
that slow river--
those heavy stones in her pockets
were poems,
pulling to be eroded into
A heart, nudging rib cage,
can fit only crystals
and meter, ebbing
Atlantic, steady, Pacific:
      I am, I am, I am.

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