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:

Unnatural Selection
Catbox

Through many flat and featureless years
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I've wondered
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why you were marked for darkness
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and I was left to dwell
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alone in light,
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pale and sallow as it is.
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In fevered, tossing dreams
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you spoke of sacrifice,
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trading your soul to the beast in place of another:
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mine.
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Was it shame that made me dream it so,
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or underlying truth?
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Against the roughened grain of natural order
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you took destiny
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into your small, childish hands
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and were gone;
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my hands sought to hold you to my heart
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but came away empty of anything but splinters.
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