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:


If forever ends today,
if tomorrow never comes,
is your life a life well lived enough
for you to be
not to be
scared to die?
If the hand of time rewinds,
if you can undo what has been done,
where would you start
if you have a chance?
(... but you know you dont
so do i)
i am in no position
to question...
your footprints on this bitch of a life
there's dirt and smudge
on everybody's face
and i'm as ashamed and as scared
of hell as you are
we'll all come
to be six feet underground
become a name on a stone
in a silent crowd
all who just might pass through
without a clue til everything's
gone and done.

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