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:

Eloquent Voice

You just said something
so eloquenT
with your silence.
I heard you as clearly as I heard the gray owl
outside the open window at midnight.
I heard the T, the idiosynchratic diction
on the end of your words, distincT.
You didn't stammer
or hesitate,
not once. You said it right out,
with a whispered voice, nearly inaudible.
Now, remembering
there is a slight gap
a place in my memory where
threads come untied
where sentences trail off
where voices becomes silent.
Perhaps it wasn't your voice
after all.
Perhaps, even though I heard your inflection
and imagined the vividness of your soft smile,
and potent gaze
perhaps it wasn't you.
There is a still small voice, so I've been told,
perhaps it was this voice
inside of me
that sounds as though it is coming from the owl
in the night trees
or the ubiquitous images in my mind
of you.
EloquenT silence, compelling
enunciation emphasizing the T
quieT, perfecT.
You are now, after all, a voice
inside of me, too

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