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 fisherman's lamps

you sat with me under the
nipa hut
     (watching the stars
            and hearing the cooing
            of the waves)
     while both our hands
     did the talking
     realizing that darkness had already
     eaten our shadows
    our lips found
    each other’s consolation
    in a sultry night where
both our sweats are
the only betweens
of our skins.
            (soft, ecstatic)
    you tried to find my face
    by tracing the contours of
    what is left  by shame
    and we both panicked
    in the strangeness
    of hearing like drum rolls
    beneath our chest.
so you stand stranger
    and finished the last stick of
    your cigarette and seduced me
    for a dance.
    and that was when the fisherman’s lamps
            revealed your face.

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