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:

Tracking a Deer

Light the candle of a small flashlight and follow it
like an animal through bleeding grass,
          of course, strange vision builds dressed in
scarlet red from a thunder-clap of gunshots,
bucketsful of rose petals
softly paint the forest and partly
moves around the rind of rock into physical
              There is a gentle ghosting wind among
trees and the clay touches and reveals the bump
and flutter of hooves,
                              breathless dipping head
in and out of bushes in battle
with the horrible shape which bullets through
them dizzy like moths in front of a porch light,
not a natural death,
           not a peaceful quiet summering safeness,
but a bloody war with a thud
that never ceases.

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