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:

dead man in my closet

there's a dead man in my closet
wearing a pallid suit
of wrinkled human flesh
his eyes are wanton black; unplugged
and I want to touch them
but can't find my hands
there's a man in his beard
who tells me a secret
but I can't hear him and it dies
I look at his feet, they are ugly
they are grey
and remind me of the earth
In the space from me to him, I feel
so alone and juxtaposed.
Crushed between the emptiness
I feel like a boy on the lip,
a kitten to the bear
like a cigarrete dangling
and in the waft of smoke
I know;
a truth unbidden now comes to me
the man in my closet does not stir
his face is ghastly
as if ashamed of his own nakedness
he has a vagabond tuft of pubic hair
it is curly,
and casts a shadow on his penis
head nearly tops the ceiling;
he is tall
Or the roof is sinking
I can't see his memories
but I imagine they are tinged
in soft lime and sallow blue
then a bird flies through my evocation
it pats my shoulder,
morse code for:
"C'mon son, it's time to go"
And there is no poetry in death
when a son says goodbye
and so departs his father.

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