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:

Beach Part I

Waves slap the foamy shore and sand
freely gives way underfoot, while
ocean salts tease and pebbles slide
from beneath my weight, sinking me
deeper into the endless shoreline.
My pulse suddenly quickens
from your cool, gentle touch.
The trees dance wildly in the blurred
circle of my sweeping gaze
as I turn toward you.
Time stands still to the passing
of memories we've yet to share,
overlapping in the passageways
of thoughts consumed by your caress.
Eyes need not meet for souls to see.
Cyclonic breezes encircle us
as swirling strands of your hair
entangle around, embracing our gaze.
Winds compel us closer, and fabrics flirt
as our souls reach out and pull our bodies in.
Pounding hearts drown out the beating
of incorrigible waves and the touch
of the retreating wind and the taste
of the on-looking sky and the fragrance
of the ageless shore, and all that is left-
to see or hear
                    or touch
                                or taste
                                           or smell-
                    is you.

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