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:

Much Like Dying

vacation days  
the falling of leaves  
the first page of a book  
i gave up reading a long time ago.
the fire burns embers  
like lights on the sidewalk.
a silent reminder  
of what, once, was burning,  
the deep auburn carpet  
feels soft on my feet  
and the feeling of winter  
is creeping in slowly  
with each passing night  
find it harder to sleep  
without the help of a bottle  
or reply recordings,  
Soft clouds of softened snow  
and the slow hum of motors  
a half smoked cigarette  
and a photo of you.
this song isn't rapture,
it's more like a fallen tree;
whether or not you hear it
i'm already done for.

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