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!

Random Poem:


They keep me awake as I wonder:
Could I make a cage with my hands
that might not destroy their wings?
These grey-brown moths flutter, trapped
within a lampshade – their powdery wings burn
against the bulb they orbit like comets.
I would like to capture one before I find it
too damaged by the struggle to free itself.
Always too late I find them on the dresser:
scorched wings, defeated bodies.
I would like to show them to you
tomorrow morning, saying
Look what I found for you last night,
but I will keep them to myself.

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