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:

Dust Settles

Dust settles like people in taverns, between city
buildings jutting upwards like swaying arms
risen to colourmark juxtaposition
between the lack of colours below them.
It's brushed aside by wind into piles,
like displaced sediments in a confined room,
painted golden-brown like the age-old unhealthy tan on
people's backs, someone forgot to sweep up.
In the night, dark-green trees turn black,
like reconnaissance soldiers under the cover of false pretense
that poetry's remnants, ignored, streaked on sidewalks,
will not be their fate as well --
where tattoo cords on debris' wrinkled skin
filled with sweat, grime, and traces of reverie
mockingly snicker, laces of cigarette smoke point with
exclamations of "You will separate!"
Then, arms extended in every possible direction,
brighter leaves leap with old in every possible location;
hands are held and girths are embraced,
feet are traced where they are with where they had been --
raising holiday lights entwined around their arms
like strings of a stanza's lines, as wind blows trees chant
'forget-us-nots', bleed chlorophyll, attempt to attract attention;
assuring themselves something will remain intact in a
golden-brown room of a house that just isn't occupied anymore.

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