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:


i sit lonely
in the dark
with bars
on my windows
to imprison
the out-of-doors.
i think of women
and the dead.
the women,
sashed in marigolds,
dance impolitely
on the ceiling,
the dead observe
from empty chairs;
their skin
hangs in folds
over the arms
like foppish
they comment
on the living
the way
bouffant skirts
flat sunday slacks.
the ballerinas,
huff and haw
at my affection.
they do not
see the deceased
but calmly
trample them.
this gives me pause.
should i wear
a tutu?

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