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:

I'm only old on the outside

I learned to drive, took back roads
at night, singing Daniel softly with
the radio.
The VW bug you left me had
no heater but it had an odometer
that a young man with coal black eyes
taught me to adjust to make it seem
as if I had gone
You were away longer than we had
ever been together and you were sad
that I was shy when you came home -
you made up for it with steamy bivouacs
behind Fort Meade, while I cried softly and
whispered, “No, please, I am too young!”
Now our children are all grown,
we are divorced but young men  
still find me, not realizing that I am
an odometer, stuck forever at 16,
as if I have gone

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