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:

Waiting For Endless

Cleave apart
to bring together
anything with colors
for thee to know
Crepuscular, he said:
a word that means dusk
So it was dusk.
He was a billy-goat
or spoke as one
tarnishing the air, smiling:
choking down our bicuspids
To tame we brought him
milk and honey, 340 years
between the flood and Babel
mistrust of the Inner-Voice
old bricks pitched down the rotunda
and robins dying in the hand
We said this prayer
for protection:
“Recitation of cherished koan
to be said adrift in a canoe:
‘Abonimable, I am so gentle
when I absent myself from thee
and I am too sorry for anguish
and for fitful explosions
May all our travails
be packed into one valise
Sidle next to me with tweezers
so I may remove the splinters
of an axe-handle from my hand

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