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:

Captain John & Son

Staring out over the bay
My windshield holding the rain
Between Captain John, his son, and I
As for the swaying tide;
A mirror of the sky
Falsifying postcards
My deep blue sea
Is just a pile barnacles
And other shades of gray
The shops are closed
Until the summer
Windows boarded up
Gusts of stale seafood
Stubbornly produced
By cooks in their kitchens
All tied to fry-a-lators
Feeding only themselves
And a handful of salty locals
The few and the proud
Relics of a well-aged town
It's been awhile since I was around
But the smell of low tide
Is not an easy thing to forget
And I've learned to like the taste of fish

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