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:

kite running, an LA story
spaces

so gold edges drag
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and thud against the
 2
wooden mass of tongues
 3
you long to master.
 4
 
 
strange hollow-bottomed boats
 5
of mouths to hang
 6
wide open
 7
catching epiphanies
 8
and flies alike
 9
power is liquid-limned
 10
in this murky yet
 11
clear-eyed state.
 12
 
 
i am built to hold love.
 13
to take it in and
 14
in and in and in and
 15
radiate beyond self
 16
or stars
 17
or far-flung fairy stories
 18
we were told as
 19
little children
 20
hidden in tomato plants
 21
like pews or altars
 22
to the us
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we wished to worship.
 24
 
 
delicate origami selves,
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admittedly another
 26
construction  
 27
but we knew
 28
we were just
 29
dealing with paper.
 30
 
 
thin pulp
 31
hammered like
 32
our hearts and strung
 33
across fading frames
 34
dotting an imaginary sky.
 35
 
 
who will hold
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our ribboned strings?
 37
run open-armed
 38
to meet us,
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suns melting
 40
in our mouths
 41
and all?
 42

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