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:

paralyzed from the wrist down

i can't write like you–
the bird hasn't come to the window
in a long time
i contemplated severing my fingers
so we could be alike
only i'd wear gloves
i'm ill over pens and phantoms
and the army men inside my head–
but i believe you
when you say you are a monster
scribbling me in the closet
the last time i slept
i had to claw my way out of a dream–
you brand your initials on my thigh
have you ever woke up shouting?
your name lost its balance
on my tongue
and it fell, bloody on the floor
scrubbing you out of a nightmare
is harder than i thought;
if only i could stay awake all summer...
listen for the birds you've trained
watch for falling nests
but i'm just a mess you made
in the back seat of your car
stuffed inside your compositions
out of breath beneath the page

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