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:

Poison Flowers and Candy Canes.

Candy hooks is all they are,
Stripes made in anger, drawn in blood;
Frustration - bordering hatred,
yet not quite.
Never quite hatred.
Contempt at the way it's all made to sound so trivial
Once the light of morning shines through semi-opened curtains.
Lift your eyes to the morning light
For winter light turns soon to dusk.
Here rain won't fall, not here;
And not today.
But the leaves burn fire-orange and descend.
Dance through them if you will
Only to find in your joyful stupor,
That it's poison flowers touching your cheeks
Not the falling leaves.

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