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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:


Mayn’t be a hostile act
may it be a contact
sport and oh what a good one
he was conscious of the run
without worrying once for
the handling he’s done for
until this anticipated week-
end of stints and sprints and
bones in splints can mend
They recommended her
fresh from school and self
possessed with the wit of
many more summers than
show in pre-match poses
always the solid starter on
tap or tip or flip or face off
a quarantined roster for
mariners toss buccaneers
buck crusaders cross and
raiders ruck another
(faux foe     Ho,)
Yes! Tests to test
and crashes to make us
wonder at the structure of
our bodies willing to meet each
successive wave with a con-
cussive elation that can
brace the team of mates
and stunningly break it

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