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:

Student Daze

I swayed against hedges,
swung precariously back into life
off my bullish buoyancy. Missed a step,
recklessly staggered forward, swiping air,
towards somewhere near  pavement's edge
Was a million miles away from “The fantasist financier”
who mid-morning had sledged the bank manager,
in a desperate bid for a couple of hundred quid.
He took a gamble on my eloquent gob
and the long flowing locks of my golden hair,
gave me a loan on unfavorable terms.
I was always most at home among grannies,
and dusted down aged aunts, who emerged
from an older England, dotted round village greens.
I swear as I sprawled, slack jawed from cider,
one of them would tune the highly strung guitar
that swayed across my back.

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