poetry critical

online poetry workshop

Current Stats
  • poems: 45,952 (8,909 active)
  • comments: 307,711
  • ratings: 112,194
  • average rating: 7.5
  • forum posts: 247,446
  • users: 10,009 (119 active)
  • current users: 1


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?

Development updates from Twitter:

Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

Casting a Spell at Laguna

She told me to write his name at midnight,
when the tide was low, the moon bright,
when the spirits rose in starlit, silver lines.
Cold sand between my toes,
salt-lipped and my hair like a black whip,
I moved like a wraith through the dark.
A damp stick lying at my feet,
too perfect to call chance,
a movement to my left,
cold breath on my cheek.
His name in sand at midnight, this I know.
I cannot remember what came next,
only that I ran and ran,
bleeding feet leaving starlit lines of crimson
and something large, laughing like silver and insane.

(comment on this poem)