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:

"my Fun Days Are Over"

“When I swim
I am trying to stay alive,
but when I sink
I am free for a second.
Then I try to breathe
but become ready to sleep
The veins in my brain begin to pop
and I watch my vision turn red,
then grey,
then white.
I feel my two eyes close
and mind’s eye open.”
“In turn, the reverse action is being born.
For your vision turns from white
to grey
to red
to colors.
your lungs begin to clear,
your head out of water
and you are swimming,
or just trying to stay alive.”

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