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:

Ship Of Fools

I set about the sea with a paddle and a raft,
everyone from here about thought me completely mad.
I built upon my raft soft chairs and a settee,
plumped them up with cushions and throws of crepe de chine.
I found a lump of coral which whispered in my ear,
a song about a mermaid whenever land drew near.
But I'd had enough of land, shifting, soiled and owned,
so stuck to foaming waters where my fortune could still grow.
I extended out my craft though it was against the rules,
smashed champagne against it, re-named it ship of fools.
People hurled themselves on board from every sandy shore,
as we sail from here to nowhere, then back forever more.

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