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:


i eat because i'm unhappy. i'm unhappy because i eat.
i lie because i want you to like me. you like me for my lies. you like a lie.
i cry because i'm laughing. i laugh when i should cry.
i feel safe because i'm homeless. i don't feel safe in my home. the world is my home.
i can't look you in the eye because i know what i will see. i can't look myself in the eye because i don't.
i put off what i should and do what i shouldn't. i move when i should stay still. and vice versa.
i speak when i should be silent. i let my silence speak. i lend my voice to actions.
i brandish the pen and write by the sword. i cut with my tongue and carve with my words.
i am a victim of my own conscience. i am a victim of unconsciousness.
i stay when i should go. i return where i am not wanted.
i defy logic and convention. i am an individual.
i am one of a crowd. i am one with the crowd.
i am part of many and they are part of me.
i live life with no regrets. i take each day as it comes. i live life free, taking anything and everything i can get from it, with abandon and according to my own law. i live life like i want to die.
i write what i can't say. i say what can't be written. i write everything.
i think therefore i am. i am therefore i think. i think i am at least.
i began with nothing. i gain everything, then lose it again. i repeat.
i look at the world and see corruption.
i look at myself and see the same.
i look at the world and see beauty.
i look at myself and see the same.
i look.
i see everything. i blink. i see nothing.

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