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:

Killing the Codeine

Restless dreams
of a tired mind,
not quite sleeping,
not fully awake.
Silent cries of imitation flu
torture without relent.
My skin, a net
stretching taut
over tender ice bones.
Fever pins stab, induce
relentless spasms; waking
terrors batter me.
Could end this any time,
now, if I really wanted.
But sheer force of will
forbids weakness of addiction;
to which tonight,
I will not succumb.

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