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:


Don't define us
by what we are not--we are more than what we lack.
Let the missing pieces be; our jigsaw puzzle has taken shape, just fine, without them.
Let us stay loophole-rich in our promises and excuses; we'd suffocate easy, in structure.
Let questions liter the cracks that create gaps that mark beginnings and ends.
Let us leave them unanswered for there is thrill in uncertainty, dear life in the unknown.
Don't define us by what we are, either.
We can always go beyond.
Let our every scene have potential for infinite, alternate sequels.
We are possibilities.
For there really is no use for definitions.
Free-flowing souls, like us, adapt-- we are every contour imaginable.

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