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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

Queen of the Adriatic Sea

the minions
marveled at her—
lady of barbed halo
her blade gleamed
on that ghostly ship
of antiquity
the boot broke them,
spines unhinged—
bending backwards
to please
offered their lire
for nothing,
the queen blessed them
no sanctity
red copper drops
pooled on floorboards
as callous as the sea—
floating face-down to Italy

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