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:


Bare handed I held the sins
Our hearts coughed
In the throat of air and wrists have lilies
have a thousand dead cells between us
itself a teacup with pink flowers on it
with excessive love I enameled
Broad grey as fossils
Terrified me, they seemed so missed.
What am I crying for?
My wings, torn shawls, her angel body
Poor and bare, carefully shameful
of winged unmiraculous women,
for years I have eaten dust
and seen my strangeness evaporate,
blue dew from dangerous skin
and too much memory.

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