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:


You, too, felt the weakness in her glistening
feral eyes, smelled her fear and longing, so
shall we dance, you and I? Duel like two
will-o’-the-wisps before dawn, slit-eyes
crackling like kindling fresh-licked clean
by fickle flames? Yes. I see you, as well,
wear the mask of Shikami: teeth sharp,
dull-gilt; skin ruddy, rough, and crows feet
the color of dried blood; and so we are drawn
together at the site of the same pungent kill.
The decayed in me salutes the decayed
in you, i, we are one, are two but she
is mine, beautiful.

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