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 Mirror (or We, Crusaders)

We, crusaders; yes.
Marching down the streets of cities
whose names we can’t pronounce.
Praying death for those who oppose us;
corrupt ideals we dare not renounce.
We, crusaders; yes.
We, blind martyrs; yes.
Sacrificing unreconciled morality
to prove an improvable point.
Allowing children to endure brutality
On numerous unwinnable fronts.
We, blind martyrs; yes.
We, fanatics; yes.
Crazed by this arduous repression
to be first; least of all, be best.
The profitus dark our great obsession;
pale reward for this blinded quest.
We, fanatics; yes.
We, humanity; yes.
Implanting fear in self-made enemies
disillusioned with the dream of peace.
Our minds crippled with lapsed awareness
Unwilling to believe such ideas could cease.
We, humanity; yes.

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