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:


the syrup of this love comes to me like the soul of a small boy in a man’s body. it comes to me like flowers, the microphones to god, ripe at my mouth: damp petals that when simply considered, stick to my lips. it comes to me like washcloths forgotten in the dryer, lost socks and hairpins, the maudlin musings of every corner cello and the sex and slow motion of my unmade bed. it comes to me in dreams of john lennon and yoko ono, painted over their image in cursive writing, telling me about a poignant something that, when i wake, i don’t recollect. it comes to me through butterflies caught in netting, never there for long, through the braids my heart makes of limbs: you know, the happy drunk. it’s the pleasant glass coffee table who holds our crochet of daily life, the languid siesta of every resting guitar. the tree in our garden plays the piano. i hear it, you hear it. the hammock records every inch in her quiet design. the soil gives thanks, confirms that yes, there is nothing here we can deny.

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