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:

The Room Upstairs

I look for hours at the ceiling
the hole you left in the plaster
I find myself glued to your unwashed flannel sheets
the air presses heavy against my skin
I want to go through your drawers again
catalogue the things you need to come back for
See what I can hold on to of yours that you won’t notice
but I am stuck in my stillness
and my ribs creak
with the force of missing you
I wrap myself around a pillow that you never used
I wonder if I will call you in the morning
if I will visit your new house in your new town
or if I will just lie here
and wait for you to remember this pillow

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