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 time

she’s paused
with her mouth slack
she’s waiting
on her still ringing
phone call
watching across from her
i feel a sudden fear
(i've failed to see the hand
held up to her ear)
her bronze hair
a wiry shock
her gray eyes
frozen blank
her blanched skin
folded gaunt
i can't look
has she stopped
and we have gone on?
she suffuses back
all at once
flashing eyes
‘yes five more
minutes now-’
raising brows
‘yes make sure
you keep- ’
she’s not so ugly
after all
we rattle and shake
we lurch
no one moves
we’re bus people
we’re already home
i’ve got a mind for
dinner menus
and dry socks
no time for talk
much awaits
how much time
has flown?
is it time to pull?
did i stay too long?
has it passed already?
whipping winds
waited for
maybe behind her talking head
maybe behind this black sheet
i can’t feel
i can’t hear
you anymore
are we here yet?

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