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:

A Short Wish List
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A Short Wish List
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                  “Is pain an outright gift?”
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                                   Reynolds Price
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Who of you, wearing glowing gowns
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of perfect health, would want to leave this earth,
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(in a non-astronaut kind of way)?
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I hope to be completely in pain, worn out
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with a fifteen foot eyedropper of morphine nearby.
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So uncomfortably miserable
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that I want to step through myself,
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or swim right back to the parallel
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of that ruby-ruby red never land.
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It won’t matter if no one remembers
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my pain; how I lie, lips pursed,
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refusing even water, sporadically twitching
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my right thumb, trying to hitchhike
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my skinny ass right on out of town.
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Re-connect with a few old friends,
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all of us sitting at picnic tables,
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making love to each other
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and racks of smoked pork
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while sipping cold beer and sweet tea.
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