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:


Baby, I broke my teeth on your wishbone
on your way through the windshield.
But you shouldn’t have left so angry, should have seen
the dry slick of oil slathered on the asphalt.
I watched. The chiasmic thud of collision
nestled into the hollow of my throat
till help became a kilo of tumbleweed
snagged between tonsils.
Believe me when I say you’re better off
elbow deep in steel, blood a white flag across your eyelids.
Veins popped like light bulbs. There is nothing I would say
to make this better. No one I could be
to make this easier. I drag
my index finger along the rubber tread
on your left side while you sleep. Wonder
if it was really my fault.
And all I could think was that I warned you,
fidelity is just a trick of light.

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