poetry critical

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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:

THE STARVED ARTIST (a dramatization)
unknown

My barstool is granite.
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Pale drink gripped in  paint-stained fingertips,
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weakened by the over-priced,
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feet-squeezed-into-two-sizes-too-small boots
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parading proudly by, so obvious to me.
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All of them clucking silently
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"you want to fuck me don't you?"
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I search this room now for any inch of humor, any aching remnant of color not choked out
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We used to laugh about those hideous things,
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remember?
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More ridiculous
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more power to you.
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Or  was that power to me?
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Maybe, right now, I say nothing better.
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I shake my head, three days dirty hair sticking to my forehead
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I place my worn, thrifty sneakers shyly inward.
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Searching for a sense of humor,
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as your eyes fire at me,
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shooting off every shade of emerald,
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I try and shake your insecurity,
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or at least see the severity of it.
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Colors immerse me,
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exuding from every pore,
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transcending so gracelessly, obliviously obvious
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from you
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as if their only purpose was for me.
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I should jump off this stone stump,
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dodge these dirty surroundings, and
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thrust my arms dramatically around
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the whole of you.
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Though I conjure nothing.
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My brain belches out only one thought,
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with the intake of every inch of iris:
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"I don't think I ever mixed that shade in art class before."
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