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:

Walking Through the Desert

Walking through the desert
With a salt-wet brow, sand-dry tongue,
And a weather-beaten mind hoping
For beauty in the thirsty grounds;
Witnessing the magic of the dry land
A splenetic scorching Summer Sun
Throwing tantrum light-rays through blue sky
Reaching the oven of the Chihuahuan
Bending backwards, entering Coyote eyes
Birthing this mirage:
Flowing sun-dyed hair teardropping
Down Franklin Mountain cheekbones
Over shoulders and sand hills,
A full-bloom Ocotillo arm
Stretching blue-skyward
With another arm akimbo
Like Yucca's lower leaves,
Queen Agave hands landing on the border
Of beautiful wide hips --
Mesquite Trees pushed to one side
Sway-walking as Ehecatl blows wind-kisses
Screaming-for, wanting Malinalxochitl,
The Desert Goddess --
Balanced on smooth-aggressive
Texas Diamondback legs,
Carried on quick Tree Lizard feet
Marching to cactus beats, beauty finding
Crossing the Chihuahuan Desert

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