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:

If I Found You First/Wedding Vows

“I searched for curtains that matched
the lushiness of your lips on lazy, hot days
of summer that we will never get back,
but happily look forward to.
Everything about you is beautifully vague,
all awhile you captivate me with your silence
and strong touch, balancing my cold
with the warmth of patient breaths.
Thank the heavens I found you first,
because I never had time to have my heart broken.
While lying in your arms is never a permanent,
I still consider you my rock.”
Someone accidently shook the pew,
and suddenly my eyes watched you
walk down your aisle from my aisle,
in a House-o-God.
I can only imagine these things
because in-fact I did not find you first,
and that miniscule flaw in timing made all the difference.
And here I am, sobbing at a wedding
for all the wrong reasons.

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