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
cherylline

flash of movement bare inches from blindness
 1
sudden shadow streaks like a shot arrow
 2
tail-flickering, black impatience scratching
 3
deep wounds in polished wooden floor. now -
 4
 
 
rents her voice through fan-padded air, static
 5
with mathematical (mal)function. no more; scatters
 6
with dismissive swipe, loci and line-graph
 7
a paper explosion. slaps pen from hand
 8
butts books off table, and amid crackling pages,
 9
hisses dumb the flies.
 10
 
 
notes rain around us. she and I, face to face
 11
skin and fur. she, O, miniature Fury, Lachesis!
 12
behold: plastic wind spiking up soft sides
 13
dark, like hedgehog unlike cat
 14
a puff of crosshatched graphite pencil,
 15
wispy persian. now - spitting and snarling sour, copper eyes widening and
 16
(universal flinch)
 17
screeching her dissatisfaction. unintelligible.
 18
 
 
perhaps she refutes alien ideas:
 19
that differential equations and delta limits, and
 20
poor MacLaurin's innocent series
 21
could never be more interesting than she. or
 22
maybe she suggests relative theories:
 23
how theta values, alpha and beta, pi and mu
 24
look so much like that brandless
 25
dried cat food.
 26
 
 
- yowls. vanishes off desk,
 27
disappearing round room on paw and claw
 28
tip, feckless faithless frenzy.
 29
 
 
test, text and tuft
 30
are in season. this exile sits, and
 31
surveys the aftermath.
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