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:

the psalms of wasps and other stinging insects

I offer you nothing
save this poverty,
this idleness,
this listless pressing into sticky sheets,
these faint thrusts made
to drive away
the frustrating hours
of broken things
and antique happinesses.
Come shed your skin,
leave your humid darkness on the door frame;
we will watch wasps walk south across
chipped-paint windowsills
on breezeless, unemployed August mornings,
our pulsing necks still strained,
our thirsts unchanged.

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