poetry critical

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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:

Polish Children Secretly Photographed Playing Soldiers In The Warsaw Ghetto

Children mimic quick marching step,
authorised and imposed by the plump boy
they let dress in mock Nazi clothes.
Arm raised straight, hat falling onto the bridge
of his nose, charcoal smudged moustache.
Older more knowing child slows to a stroll.
Mockingly bends, bowing towards the camera lens,
debunking the awkward charade of playful military
camaraderie. He pities this macabre parody
of the grotesque, knowing more or less what will
take place when they are forced to leave the city;
observed the cruel vacant eyes, heard the lies, seen terror
on the faces of relatives already taken.

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