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:

Page One

I'd rather hammer away and type
or drive this pen to withers,
just to make these words work
on this yellow legal pad I have.
Everyone seems to betray me
even this, my favorite work pen,
seemed to pull its best
against my old and shaky hand.
Tired and angry, feeling frayed,
the writers cramp settled down,
small poems and prose would come
but only if the words decided.
Up and down, I get no rest now
the pieces have got me,
I'd rather be back to where
I was pushing my pen for nothing.
Mike Hendershot 2009

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