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:


Knowing severs the spirit, nauseates-
It weighs down the heart, unbearable heft.
Skewed viewpoint opined unthinking relates;
Awareness now there is nothingness left.
Bereft, depressed, a pain too deep for tears,
All attempts to forget this agony
Fail--- for memory never disappears.
Knife plunges, twists, deadens being of me.
Will anguish subside eventually?
At least lessen enough to become numb?
Traverse this abyss listless mentally;
Seeking serenity, even a crumb.
Muttering muddle on with the charade;
Blade shimmies stings stabs in back of betrayed.

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