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!

Random Poem:

Van Gogh's Last Day

(after 'Painter On His Way To Work' by Francis Bacon)
In his field of dreams, rivers of molten soil
flow back to the volcano.
Feet planted under garish light.
Sprinklings of sulphuric ash envelope token crops.
Easel, canvas, paint; footnotes which await
off stage. Trees empty of foliage
bend in a mistral wind, echoing
dun-coloured mirage looming between dark branches.    
Crows fly; crazy, circular,skim low,
Smouldering wing tips trimmed for winter flight.
A single shot sends black masques
soaring from the site.

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