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:

The struggle

A poem may be written,
expressive and light.
And a poem may fill you with joy,
a whimsy if you will.
But the powerful ones are torn from us.
A heavy heart seeks release of its burdensome weight.
The purging of an emotion
is cathartic when put to prose.
And I, like all of you, have suffered a heavy heart,
felt the pain of loss, an everyday life.
But how do you express the loss of something you have never possessed?
And where do you look for it, when you don't know what it is?

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