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:


She told you that we’re leaving you today.
Your façade is a vacant residence;
its eyes, the windows shuttered long ago,
distinguish only dollar signs
and the scarlet hatred that I shrink from.
I wish that I could burn you,
remind you that you treasured me.
Tear the sneering flesh from your bones.
Draw blood, taste blood, not useless salt.
But I am rendered stationary
because I adored you.
Stars plummet from the sky,
the moon shatters to a million pieces under a brandished fist
and I shatter to a thousand pieces.
Every shard whispers Why, and I Adored You.
And I adored you.
And I am alone.
Encased in ebony, bound to the earth with chains of metal that bite;
like voracious whores they steal my vitality.
Desperate hands grope for me,
lying naked in the dark.
Their prying fingers draw blood
which flows; a dam unleashed.
The molten lava burns like ice.
And I am stationary behind this hollow smile.

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