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:

sort of like that caged lion

i'm a thirty-six year old man
staving off paunch
and there is no explicit serengeti
i long
to return to
in fact
there are no bars
surrounding me at all
every possibility
is verdant
all doors
just a little elbow grease
surgeon general
or crack addict
as an ugly american
i can damn-well
whatever i please
so i damn well
except ruminate
in crippled
with the luxury
of choice.

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