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!

Random Poem:

Head in Your Hands

Did home let you breathe
beside a man you hardly knew
while he screams at ex-wives
over confused cell phones
under unkempt moustaches
in brand-new pick-ups?
Face in a book
Mouth in a coke
and on a smoke
Has the bell bit the leash
that girds your neck
sitting half on a chair
trying to give an ear
to a girl you'll never know
in a world you'll never see?
Lips to a pen
Nails to the floor
Eyes to the long hand
Did the hook not catch
a school of familiar eyes
you thought were plugged in
linked and at ease
but instead flushed the faces
of any fishmonger that cared?
Words don't help
Glances hopeful - lost
Body language interpreted
Was it guitar string tight
when you mentioned the night
that the wind carried songs
that the birds could not mimmick
hearing the notes through your blood
like a Siren's whisper?
Face in a pillow
Pupils on the ceiling
Heart in your hand

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