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:

ear in a jar

it is not the night
no, dear reader
it is something else
that stirs me
if i could bury
these screams
in a jar
i would
i feel sorry for you
having come this far
only to be
short changed
i could tell you a lie
if you like
if it would please you
let me, then
you see—
a man and a woman
are not one, Wallace
you didn’t know what the hell
you were talking about
a man and a woman are not
two either
they are the many
the fixed faces
before the mirror
and nothing
just the same
there are far too many
i blame the wind
a likely culprit
i will hang my skin
on a coat rack
—deliver you
a box of ash and broken teeth
tied neatly with a bow
i will exchange these hands
for oceans
and make an island
of myself
so that when i smile
the only thing you’ll see
is a crooked nose
it will haunt you
for the rest of your life
what was it you wanted
don’t answer
that would be

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