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:

cat, plus student

flash of movement bare inches from blindness
sudden shadow streaks like a shot arrow
tail-flickering, black impatience scratching
deep wounds in polished wooden floor. now -
rents her voice through fan-padded air, static
with mathematical (mal)function. no more; scatters
with dismissive swipe, loci and line-graph
a paper explosion. slaps pen from hand
butts books off table, and amid crackling pages,
hisses dumb the flies.
notes rain around us. she and I, face to face
skin and fur. she, O, miniature Fury, Lachesis!
behold: plastic wind spiking up soft sides
dark, like hedgehog unlike cat
a puff of crosshatched graphite pencil,
wispy persian. now - spitting and snarling sour, copper eyes widening and
(universal flinch)
screeching her dissatisfaction. unintelligible.
perhaps she refutes alien ideas:
that differential equations and delta limits, and
poor MacLaurin's innocent series
could never be more interesting than she. or
maybe she suggests relative theories:
how theta values, alpha and beta, pi and mu
look so much like that brandless
dried cat food.
- yowls. vanishes off desk,
disappearing round room on paw and claw
tip, feckless faithless frenzy.
test, text and tuft
are in season. this exile sits, and
surveys the aftermath.

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