poetry critical

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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:

Eloquent Voice
Meredith

You just said something
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so eloquenT
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with your silence.
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I heard you as clearly as I heard the gray owl
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outside the open window at midnight.
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I heard the T, the idiosynchratic diction
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on the end of your words, distincT.
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You didn't stammer
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or hesitate,
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not once. You said it right out,
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with a whispered voice, nearly inaudible.
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Now, remembering
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there is a slight gap
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a place in my memory where
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threads come untied
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where sentences trail off
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where voices becomes silent.
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Perhaps it wasn't your voice
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after all.
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Perhaps, even though I heard your inflection
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and imagined the vividness of your soft smile,
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and potent gaze
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perhaps it wasn't you.
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There is a still small voice, so I've been told,
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perhaps it was this voice
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inside of me
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that sounds as though it is coming from the owl
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in the night trees
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or the ubiquitous images in my mind
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of you.
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EloquenT silence, compelling
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enunciation emphasizing the T
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quieT, perfecT.
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You are now, after all, a voice
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inside of me, too
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