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:

Love Be An Artifact

When I was a child I wanted to grow up
and now that I am grown
I spend what should be my most precious of moments
looking for a way to go back.
Somehow I fell asleep in the arms of greed and hate
to wake up blind, confused, wanting.
There are smiles that put the stars to shame,
faces more calm than a lake at sunrise,
words more honest than a child's innocence,
and I remember them from years past
but wonder now if they've gone extinct.
Nights come easy, days come hard
and somewhere between I fall victim
to everything I can see and all the things I can't have.
Maybe the best virtue is being content,
allowing yourself to live in the moments,
accepting letting go of all the things once within my grasp.

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