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:

Salomé Swung the Polonaise

Body without organs
philosophy without sense
Chopin and Switchfoot
dance madly through your tranquil eyes
and seduce all gravity to death.
I used to paint a man
rising through water color songs without words words
and point with finger
that drew life from the blood of God
and scream to you: "There,
Art is there, and it is your savior
from all your sinister righteousness."
And you dance away
dance away from me, that man,
shimmy Modigiliani
down the stretch of narrow hips of time
scintilliating razorblade
across the midnight eye.
Beauty in death danced with hatchets to you
dancer of my seven lonelinesses
with chaos clutching twisted brown upon thy cheek
aureolin groping quivered tenderness up and down your thighs
a kiss of tragedy above the spine
from lips of lacerated opera seats
gives me a headache scratching up myth meth love
on these decapitating suicides of fingernailed autumn days.

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