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:

( passing thru )

( passing thru )
i pass thru the ghosts
where people used to be
& i breathe their air
& you were on the couch
in my arms
when the rain drummed thru the gutters
& something becomes
lost, remembered
part of a dream
& it makes itself known
in the strangest ways
the light on the window
the ice
the snow
the smell of burning leaves
there is always wondering
there is always pain
& there is always the midnight
the sound of the city
the sirens, wailing
for someone gasping, someone gone
& some things linger, always--
the touch of yr. skin
the rain
our aching legs, the tar on our shoes
& the night when you couldn't stop shaking

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