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:


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

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