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:

Give birth to what's inside you

Jamming my finger into the socket,
hoping for an outlet
to relieve me of this intensity,
as electricity rushes through my body.
You simply can't bury someone alive
in hopes of protecting them;
they'll pound on hardened walls
with a clenched fist turned bloody,
creating ulcers over time,
shrugged off as growing pains.
Like this thumping in the chest,
audible only when the world is silent,
mistaken for steady heartbeats.
Let me take you to the edge
where a human threshold exists
urging this vein on her temple to burst,
bulging more intensely every time
she shrieks to be heard,
throbbing my entire being,
driving me to make precise incisions.
I tear away layers of undamaged flesh
revealing her within a hollow ribcage.

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