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:

Of Smoking and Drinking (or "Hey man, I think God hates us!")

Precious death, coveted
by wolves and men alike, has seduced us even
wrapped in paper and filtered.
While smoky freedom spirals upward and
beyond, we hum a symphony
that only cats could comprehend.
We feel in placid slurs but, even numbed,
think as others never would.
Gentle selves forgotten and
our smoldering burdens embraced,
we free our demons to prance along
clenched jaws and bursting lungs.
Between nicotine winks and
the popping of a thousand ashy cherries,
we christen ourselves both catalyst
and fool.
When our every toxic breath flirts with a maker
who will no longer welcome us,
the hint of a smirk pulls at his
once pursed lips.
He leans down with an ash tray before
melting away
like discarded cinders
on the wind.

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