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:


White linen flows out from a hand waving
to sombre seas beneath a single smut.
The dark smoke of a tugboat spots the stern
above its wake, becoming a colon,
becoming speech marks, enclosing messages
that wash over forsaken hearts.
Signature needed; dot on a line;
subject to contract; go ahead? stop;
Contact brother; not urgent; spot of advice
when you've got time stop; Won't be there
on your return; starting a new life stop;
By the fishmongers down the crowded quay,
pick up parsley, halibut, a fine, flat ray.
Back at the house, honed blade slices outer skin,
white steam rolls  against a flaccid fin;
opaque, open fish eyes stare.
You search for reasons among smoke signals of fathomless lies.

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