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:

Paint on the Wall

The paint on the wall
decided to stop being afraid
the world was shocked
to hear it speak
hesitantly at first,
but then in long angry torrents
it turned out the paint had plenty to say
It wasn't long before
the world beat a path to its door, so to speak
viral videos,
good morning America,
even the tonight show
or so the paint on the wall dreamed
that it would be…
but the truth was,
when it decided to really do it
no one even heard it speak
it tried again,
raised its voice,
and spoke in words it was shocked to hear
and finally someone stopped,
and stared
"listen to me!" the paint demanded
After a shocked silence
the person began to laugh
"you're just paint" they said
and started to walk away
"Who says?"
The paint was surprised to hear itself reply,
"When did you ever hear of paint
that talked?"

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