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:

a tale of rum and hanging hats

so i'll get a 1-5 of rum for me.
a twelve of smirnoff ice for you,
and we'll sit under an overpass
somewhere in nowhere town,
u.s.a. and drink the night away.
i'll salt my hand just to lick it off
and slam. down my throat like
400 degree melted butter,
it's a smooth burn.
smooth as the silk sheets that
i'll have you under. because
out of state is the best place to
detach strings. and believe me,
i'll cut those strings with
a machete. hard hack through
strands of reality while the
rest of the world spins around
us. we never were, but somehow will
intricately intertwined inside
intoxicant inebriety. i'll coil
my tongue around your insecurity
and lap up a false sense of
hope, just to spit it back out
and drink it all again. i need you
like a moose needs a hat rack.

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