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:


Mind moves, open door
swings through space.
Cold breath sweeps
the evening calm in the shape
of a woman’s body.
Long shadow coils edge-
less round a tree-trunk;
gathers perilous omens in
loud voices; stutters slowly
before images of saints.
Her house is nobody’s
rest stop, only a lavender
patch tricks all feelings
into one long, fake summer.
Knotted branches carpet the walls.
Her husband leaves her
every winter for another
woman with stronger arms;
sends drawings of meadows,
of children playing with moss.  
Snow falls, hands build fire
from a leafless tree;
in its first warmth a woman
sleeps, her shadow – thin
willow wrapped in silk.
Teeth carve a heart out of moist
bark; somewhere hills are
rising, windless birds are turning
through blackened skies and trees
are swaying free, as all trees are free.

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