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:

i just want you to know

i just want you to know
i could snuff you out
in an instant,
was the only thing he said
before flipping open his knife
at the video arcade in ankeny
and slashing
the guy's throat.
minutes of testimony
show there were seven witnesses
all of them said
it was completely
seventeen when it happened,
did five years in anamosa.
he's one of these guys
comes to work release
with next to nothing
maybe twenty bucks on his books
still wears the thick rimmed
prison issued glasses and
dark blue
jean jacket.
when i got to know him a little
i asked about it
while patting him in
after his shift
at titan.
told him
i read everyone's files
for my safety
that he didn't have to talk to me
about it
if he didn't want to.
slid his wallet
and comb
in his back pocket
i had about a fifth
all to myself
that day,
he said.
said he didn't remember saying that
didn't remember hardly anything
from that day
it's exactly
what his third foster dad
said to him every night
before beating his legs
with the thin edge
of a yardstick.

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