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:

Dirt
jneiberger

I traced my finger discreetly
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through the dust,
 2
encouraged when
 3
it came away clean
 4
 
 
     mostly clean, anyway
 5
     nothing anyone would notice
 6
 
 
I slid my hand over the surface
 7
scraping away the veneer,
 8
stirred by thoughts of what
 9
waited deeper down
 10
 
 
     heart races, palms sweat
 11
     no one needs to know
 12
 
 
With bold resolve I struck at the soil
 13
and furiously sifted through the naked sand,
 14
my illicit prize hidden
 15
just a little further below
 16
 
 
     stop! wait!
 17
     consider the consequence
 18
 
 
My repentant hand smoothed over
 19
the broken ground, earthy
 20
lines beneath my fingernails
 21
the only evidence of my transgression
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