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:

Dead Souls

Dead souls inside me
always haunting me
riding piggy-back
they must find me interesting
cold bodies in my bed
startling me in my sleep
when I tussle
in the covers
and touch their cold skin.
Ian wails out
in his lonely desperate voice
'they keep calling me,
keep on calling me...'
only the infant in the jewel
and poor St. Martin
wearing his long rosary
look over me
as I slip back into nightmares
dreaming the dreams
of other spirits
dreaming dreams
not my own.

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