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 Lion in David

His lashes were a veiled prison
facing a mocking plain,
to grass that once bowed
as he cantered towards his pride.
There is a roar in his silence now
the zoo in him is his cage
and the door is wide open
he leaves it only to raise his cubs,
treading upon every blackthorn
so they can run free
as he limps back to his cage
tending to secret wounds.
He only roars with thunder
so his cubs do not hear his pain.
It’s a roar hollow as a gazelles carrion
when the vultures have stripped it
after the lion chased it,
and hyenas laughed at its ivory cage.
Across the plain is another lion
trapped in another cage.
The door is also open
but he forgot how to get up
till his brothers scent arrived
and when they met they were kings.
Today they roared
and when they looked back
their was no prison
they had survived on instinct
and the cage was their blindness.

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