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:

open past

Darling, you’ve been spying on me.  
When I'm gone, I know you rummage
through my letters, care packages, and
journal entries of a drunken Europe
stained by leaking chocolate bars.  
Yesterday I found the clay ashtray you sent
last year, under a book of resistance poetry.  
I’ve decided to use it for coins I retrive
from your pockets while you shower.
So you know I like tennis, popular Russian
music and recipe cut-outs; that I hold on
to past lovers' underwear, and that my old
boyfriend wrote in boxy letters: when he did.      
I've noticed your glances, the sharp edges of
month-old anger, your make-believe I'm not
your girl, but I am.  Tongue slit, hung over a past
as hollow as your scars, lacking all grace -
tell me, who's watching over your world?

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