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!

Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:


you're nothing but
finely ground sausage
and turbulent, greasy lard.
baloney, a minced oath
composed of lies.
commonest of american cold cuts,
you come in uniform slices
pre-cut in the package.
does it feel nice
to know they're singing
praises after your name,
when it's a song as base
as an oscar mayer jingle?
you rely on mashed potatoes
to imitate pigs in blanket,
but even then
your ways are irrevocably backwards.
i hope you screamed in agony
when you were locked away
in that acidic chamber
to be pickled in vulgar vinegar
and prickling pickling spices.
a frankenstein monster
of lowly scraps of meat cuts,
even the city
from which you derive your title
is ruled by legal clap-trap.
remove those classy letters
from your name
you do not deserve them;
you will always be baloney.

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