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:

Ode to Julie Lee and her Boyfriends

Arms akimbo,
same stance knees,
bugle beads hand sewn
shake and shimmy,
hips thrust and sway
as words to turn air
cobalt blue
and a preacher's face
royal purple,
flow from lips
curved and sensuous
as the 's' in sex,
'Come and see me baby,,,'
Every red blooded man
in the place
who thinks he's hot as hell,
hoots and hollers,
'Keep it warm for me honey'
as she croons the next line,
'But please don't come too soon.'
Sheepish, they sit -
That's the honkytonk rhythm,
like the rhythm of life -
those notes rise up,
and then they fall
straight back down.

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