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:

thinking man's last resort

i can't
stand it
anymore, this hunger
to be free of this
prison: propaganda-
placarded brain
cell. flint dies
in a yellow blossom
of sparks; the cool blue
idea of dancing flames
breathes a notion of heat
to life on the worn
clay underbelly
of stained crockery.
a razor drawn quick,
and pomegranate seeds
ooze from the hairline,
leaving sticky juice
streams -- sweet marinade
for the mind's eye.
tongs of bone peel
back the tender skin,
expose the protective shell,
thinly covered by
an opalescent slime--
layer of fat, weak argument.
rhetoric spins
the saw-blade, serrates
through the skull,
and blood rooster-tails
forth along the cutting
remark. now is the retort:
a yank, and tip of the hard cap,
and tomato-veined mushroom
meat glistens, in the light
for the first time. spores
of electricity current through
the matter -- feelings pulsed
inaudibly; invisibly wrapped
by solid state dictatorship.
i can't stand it anymore, i am tired.
as i nod forward, acquiesce to fate,
my falling thoughts are of rainbow trout;
birds of paradise; sizzling pots,
always full.

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