poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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:

Breathing In and Out
Isabelle5

With bubbles clinging to body hair
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like tiny diamonds, we hold hands
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and sink to the bottom.
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Chlorine burns our eyes
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but our lips are wet,
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gliding smoothly,
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like quick-silver
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when we kiss.
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Need for oxygen propels us
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to the surface where we catch
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our breath in heavy gasps.
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Hours later –
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Need to go deeper
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pushes us to a different edge.
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Eyes closed, bodies burning,
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we cannot catch our breath.
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We gasp for different reasons,
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beads of sweat clinging
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to body hair like
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tiny diamonds.
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