poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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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:

The Coward's Song
Adrielle

At the risk of embarassment
 1
I refuse to try my hand at this
 2
Scratch my head and choke on my own spit
 3
I live life as denial steers it
 4
 
 
As the rain soaks the hard concrete
 5
I go blind and never see it
 6
but the smell sends fear all through me
 7
and I'm determined to be defeated
 8
 
 
Try to tell me I'm a winner
 9
Time runs out as I get thinner
 10
Tonight I think I'll pass up dinner
 11
 
 
Thanks for asking
 12
 
 
Inside the house, the ants search for survival
 13
and I become their biggest rival
 14
I believe I'm hardcore
 15
as I squish them under my thumb
 16
 
 
Truth be told, I have no courage
 17
and I've gone on a million searches
 18
Been in and out of several churches
 19
Trying to find strength
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I may have been a closet boozer
 21
But I refuse to be called a loser
 22
Point me towards my accuser
 23
 
 
So I can run
 24
 
 
What was it that you were saying?
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I was too damn busy praying
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and I think I plan on staying
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here on my knees
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