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:

this is your failure, (together and alone)

entering the washroom
i hear a woman weeping
in a stall;
suddenly i am that woman's sobs,
i am her stillborn child,
still wet and warm with blood
white and lifeless.
boy trying hard
not to show tears-
but they show.
his love was young and new
but his eyes have grown old and dead.
at home he punches
until his fist becomes infected.
a child, seeing
his family blown to pieces
loses the ability to speak,
to eat,
to live.
in the stall
the woman's sobs
rip at her throat like carnivores,
turning screams to silence
and silence to nightmares
where her child's haunting eyes -
the eyes of death itself -
peer out at her,
casting a veil of darkness
over her heart,
and she is gone.

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