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:

[V] In your dorm room, I play innocent

empty aluminum cans of cheap
beer, half-smoked cigarettes
spilling out of ashtrays
everywhere; pretty gold and red
condoms lie in piles
next to the stack of
fancy coasters everyone
forgot to use. waking
in the middle of the morning
you step over me
to get to the bathroom
where you held my hair
the night before. I open
my eyes to find you staring
down at me with the same
red-glazed gaze that I'm staring
up at you with, except my eyes
have mascara running off of them.
You never let me
put it on you last night,
even in your drunkenness
you had to play the man.

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