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:


And he came in,
unexpected and uninvited.
He poked his head
through my ceiling
with a knowing smirk
and a hardened face.
I felt him trying to come
closer to me,
aggressively trying to grab
my humanity, my soul.
I stared at him
and his smile grew,
mocking my very existence,
our eyes locked in a deadly
staring contest, I sternly asked,
“What are you trying to say?”
The demon laughed hysterically
and morphed into three men
standing in rank and file
saluting him and wearing
foreign military uniforms.
I knew he was mocking
the human race,
calling us weak,
for our wars and hatred.
Infuriated at this cheap trick
I played my own game,
and reminded this fiend
of love and human triumph.
I saw panic in his eyes
as he ran away
to where he was from
and little green folk
ran out of the walls
to where the intruder
had burst through.
Twenty pleasant little people
began to dance on the ceiling,
rejoicing the monster they feared
had been vanquished back
to the pit he came from.
But then the fairy folk
scattered in fear,
for the beast had returned;
I scolded him for scaring
away my tiny friends.
A bashful smile of respect
crossed his twisted face.
He knew I did not fear;
he felt esteem toward me.
My only wish was
that he would respect
humanity even half
as much as he respected me.

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