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:

A Village in Saskatchewan

We were barrelled up
as raw earthen pumpkin seeds
in the barn for a fortnight,
its musty doors flushed crimson
in apprehension
from the moaning dusk outside.
Listless, with enough
starvation to go around,
we were taken out,
one by one,  
by the vicar and his sons.
What barley they spared
anointed my mane,
soaking with metallic-stained
water from cracked, barren hands.
A mouth-bound, throat-sliced
quartered time we had of it, alone
in the meat-packing plant of winter.
Casting up my thighs,
the last motor oil and fertilizer
was all my libation received.
He leans in with his cigarette.

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