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
Isabelle5

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