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:

Hospice Voyagers

We watch them growing
transparent day by day,
as if their blood has gone;
a light comes from within,
in touch with a beyond
we cannot see.
Their dreams are made
of voyages and memories,
putting the last pieces into place
so they can sail free of earthly cares,
leaving their bodies behind
to mind the business of
shutting down the broken machine,
no longer needed.
We grow silent as the grave
as their breathing comes
in fits and starts, as if
a clock is running down.
Lying stilll,
growing cold,
finally free,
one second here,
next second, there.

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