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:

rewrite, rewrite

i cannot slam poems.
i cannot whip them into the night,
hoping they stick to trees,
impregnate the sky.
i read your face up and down
and i saw only the exquisite one worded
blindness that show tunes and
war have taught me to caress, sanctify.
i saw a million gushed sonnets.
i want to write some beaten, caffeine injected romp,
tapestried to include the thoughts of
every audience member there ever was
yet dedicated to your thighs alone, corn husks.
stupid student,
tonight i sat with a crowd,
sea of black wool and dirty mugs
staring and staring at her strength
lapping at the plutonium of her hips;
her voice, a testsite
nuclear slam
our jealous tongues
living mercurial
through hers.
i closed my eyes and tried to become those
wild arms
drum line verse
tattooed jazz experience,
i break.
because when i said i loved you
i didn't mean paper hearts.
i meant
let's be a coil together,
let's writhe under a chapped sun
and we will open our mouths only when
our tongues have forgotten
what the air tastes like.
we will forget everything our bodies knew
about oceans
and we will let our skin grow
and there will be no crowd
no black and green
only the scripture of our backs,
the wet electric of our eyes.

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