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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

Together in the Hothouse

The whip
leaves a scarlet mark.
Tongues flick
in the dark
as we coil
together in this
boiling garden.
Death thumps
like falling fruit
in my chest,
drops soft
on leafy carpet
whispers yes,
Fire flakes fly,
scatter in your sigh.
Cold desire rolls
over water
over stone
entwined with you

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