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:

Solo performance

A miniscule firefly
Dancing in the midnight sky
It honors the moon with its mesmerizing grace.
“How beautiful!” exclaimed the moon
And her face shone greater out of joy
Illuminating the blanket of night.
But the humble firefly could not compete
And soon it drowned in the moon’s glow,
Its dance lost in rays of admiration.
“What have I done?” cried the moon.
Her tears blurred her praise
Releasing a curtain to shadow the heavens.
In solitude once more
The only audience the moon
The firefly continued.
And the moon observed from afar
Quietly, admiringly, watching
The firefly dancing in the sky.

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