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:


like a wish
in a well, she
is not the crest
or the swell but the
drawing in— the pad of
the foot hardly touching.
Here is a girl who learned
to tell time by the ebb of
a man’s day — look to
see how she swims
ashore for more.
The fell wave
her fiction
in the clammy
weeds. Look to see
how she sings, thin and
heedless. Harpy or siren?
The difference and not the
girl is the myth. A fit for
the floor— sand; a door
to another kind of
sea: a binding.
The story and
not the
girl is
the fiction.
Tail around
the tide, beached
wood the only thing
like milk or honey, salt the
only thing that breathes in the same
way she does. Ondine, you are never the one who tells.

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