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:

Pretty Grown Up Things and Such

I stand in my outdoor shower
with the sun and water alike
shimmering on my skin,
I decided that I, too liked
Fidel Castro and his beard,
so me and Bob Dylan,
we walked hand in hand
out of the darkness
and into the light where
our boys were gasping for breath
in Vietnam.
But there wasn't much
ole Bob and I could do
except count the bodies
left as a neon memory
from the angel of death,
so I put my friend Bob back
in the tape player
where he belongs
and look around
at the reality of
suburban jungle and
my outdoor shower.

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