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 New Winter's Wind

The woeful wailings of a wintry wind
shake me from my sleep.
Trashcans and their tinny tops
clamor down the street.
A gale slams against my windowpane
like a tidal wave hit the glass.
I fear it will shatter upon me,
but the double-paned glass holds fast.
I pull my covers tighter still
at the chill of its icy breath,
thanking God it cannot penetrate
and send me screaming to my death.
The shingles of my rooftop
drum nervously beneath this wind.
The wooden beams of the rafters creak.
My enemy claws to get in.
Its own great power rips it from
the north side of my house,
and sends it hurtling down the street
searching for others to roust.

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