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:

The Stranglehold Clock

the shades of heart,
of hate lust greed... of intent
yet the way blood goes from red to blue,
pure sadness against midnight
where the day obtains a disguise,
a brand new identity
from what once was a peppermint tree
on a landscape of freedom,
with the ability to breath under water
finds itself a weeping willow
on a forever faith-ridden hatescape,
walking willfully to the bottom of the ocean...
there was once something beautiful
about dawn, about the latest nights
but when those fade
and each hour owns a new face,
the clock ticks,
the hands move,
we no longer know who is holding us...

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