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:


This seat, a prison.  I am caged
with the door open, right there in front of me.
Glued in place
behind this 70’s style laminate desk
wanting, but daring not,
to walk out.
Comfort is excel
and disordered scatterings
which are the sum total of my every week,
month, day’s wasting [work to the (less informed) bosses].
Grey plastic tenements,
fortitude to forgotten faxes,
and how disgusting is that phone?,
bazillions of bacteria build little moat like boundaries
around each key.
Sellotape is fun, hours per week are spent making circles
sticky side out,
dapping my clothes and collecting ruminants
of others' since deceased skin,
and bobbles of stray material.
I now have a sizable globe,
it reminds of the inside of a Dyson.
Housework…things could be worse.
11:51, what can I google now?

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