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 storms of August put paid
To all the plans of vice and men;
But we are born to it,
The five to one shot summer,
Yet we will complain of stolen days.
The blackberries and juniper, swollen with rain,
Still ripen in the seldom sun.
While on the rocky mound of Lindos hill,
High above the cobalt blue and glittering Aegean,
The Acropolis reaches up to touch the face of Helios.
Ancient since Augustus read of rhetoric,
And remains still bathed in its light.
In Rhodes town the lesbians are hot,
And mangy dogs trot across the chaotic terrain
Or sleep in dusty gutters
Dreaming of dew soaked fields
Under cool and cloudy skys.

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