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:

Midnight In My Mind

As I lay down in the noislessness of the midnight hour,
I toss around in a mind now clear of the day gone by images of a future I'm not sure I could ever have,
I hold up to the technicolour dreams the magnifying glass of the errors of my past,
here in these early hours when peace comes easy, I dissect the irrational yearnings of a blind and stupid heart,
I take apart the daft ideas from this red pulsating mess that lays within the cage of bony ribs,
Wondering for the millionth time as the dark is wiped away by the rising sun, if the visions trapped in my mind are ever to be real,
if indeed they are meant for me,
or if the paintings my minds eye creates are just figments of my bright imagining,
before my mind can point an answer out,
the haze that lingered before takes over me and I succumb,
too weak to wage a spirited fight,
and I tumble gladly down the endless dark hole,
like a child,
into the warm embrace of a deep deep all consuming slumber.

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