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:

did someone leave the beer out in the rain?

did someone leave the beer out in the rain?
it tastes so watered down that when I stumble
down the stairs I can't believe I drank a thing
turn that music up because we can't hear it in the bathroom
we're having some late night conversation with our
heads against the mirror and our knees on the rim of
the bathtub; it's raining outside but let's go buy
some more cigarettes for everyone to smoke in a second
and drop, half-smoked, into their plastic cups
this started out as a poem about boredom and monotony
but getting drunk so fits the season that the disgust
has left me completely. let's drive out to the college and
sit next to the lake tossing in bottles
maybe someday this winter the lip will get stuck
just above the ice and everyone will kill themselves
trying to get a drink and suck down a rare reminder
of the summer, when they didn't worry about anything
that they were too drunk to remember
every message I leave on an answering machine receives
an answer, you're spoiling me with your attention, you're
lavishing me with your boredom and free time
let's lie around talking about pointless, tiny things
and sneak into my neighbor's backyard to go swimming
you matter so much to me even if we only talk about
what we're reading and our part time jobs
soon everything will shrink and we'll be left
gasping for breath and struggling to find
such precious time to waste.

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