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 mother's crime?

They will hold it against me
I'll  speak of everything like poison
dripping wet and  foamy
with exagerated angst
and unlimited self-absorption.
I'll hold it against you
that you forgive so easily
that I'll never learn how to deal
with consequences and punishment,
and it will be too late.
I am not your buddy
I need the spanking you'll never give,
being a child yourself
who bore me at 14---
who do we hold that against?

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