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:

Skinny Limbs and Branches

My lover and I,
we climbed,
we teased, we smiled, we stroked;
we knew where we were heading
straight out, where limbs trail off
to the tiniest thin branches.
Risky, no scaffolding, no structure to say,
“This is strong enough to hold.”
Dangerously, we risked plummeting.
We let go
of fear.
With indiscretion, we kept climbing
higher and higher, out further and further -
til our heads were in the blue, so blue
sheltering sky.
Lovingly, we soothed hands
scraped by rough bark, and
kissed lips and cheeks - both
ruddy with exuberant freshness.
Climbing nakedly on skinny limbs,
eager bodies moving as one,
motion engendered aliveness
created by reaching, breathing,
branching energy of two.
We did fall, luridly,
breath by breath,
into a love too full to speak about,
amid intertwining lives and limbs.

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