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:

My Cage is Freedom

Hey, how've you been
I hope things are good with you
That you don't think of me
Or that if you so it not with bitter fondness
But with apathy
That I am as random and unimportant as something you were suppose to do but unwilling to remember
I sit here trapped
Listening to the noise caused by others
Wishing for silence
Longing for conversation
The specificity of my needs demand a realization that is cliche.
An acknowledgement that is circular
A willingness that is transparent
These I possess
Along with a preaproved fickleness that can only be described as daunting
My cage is freedom
While the sentries of laziness watch with unwavering principle
I rise and fall and leave at my choosing
And yet I return willingly
When I shut my eyes i see
When I shut out the world
All that is left is me
All that I see is darkness

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