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:

Toe Nailed

On and on you moan,
citing my sabre tooth toe nail
with its scimitar edge,
which grazed your leg,
that bled on thermal under socks.
I turned from T.V.
not watching that mock play of passion,
while gazing through darkness filled with rain.
This is the weather tigers drown in
while crocodiles seek higher ground
and there’s no escape.
Pinned beneath unyielding black,
I retreat to the land of duvets,
set wavelengths to the BBC
where the shipping forecast
floats boats in slow motion
over each tedious stretch of water.
Murk lies lurking even there,
where Portland Bill is lashed to rocks.
His toenails slice seaweed
as it sinuously curves
now free to float wherever it might please
as i fall asleep.

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