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:


Grandmother liked to take things literally, and
her favorite saying was
"like taking candy from a baby."
I was a toddler, almost
a child,
but my father still grew angry
enough to slam
his wife's best china on the speckled granite countertop, hard enough to
My mother scooped me up in her smooth white arms,
brought me upstairs and
sang to me behind closed doors, but
the walls were thin; I hardly listened.
as she rocked me against her breast,
I heard more dishes shattering and
the overlap of my father's booming voice, accusing, and
my grandmother lecturing her son.  maybe
I should have been upset
but all I could think of were
the green beans, scattered amongst broken china
from that first smashed plate.

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