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:


At this point, we'll never meet.
We're stiff, parallel lines
with hard-set arrow heads
going toward opposite ways,
you to the West,
I to the East.
The "see you again" you call out
fades to goodbye
while you moon over your sunsets
and I burn in sunrise--
we both loved afternoons and rain
when we would curl up in each other's disarray.
At this point,
we may never share
midday kisses and showers again.

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