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:

shadow puppets

My grampa used to throw them
from the lines of his fingers
onto a blank wall, to my utter delight,
in the irregular light of candles
on simple summer nights
when electricity decided
to take up and leave.
Far later one other for whom
I took myself upon to contort
(whether to entertain
          or out of necessity )
and for whom in my every protrusion
and tuck-under, I still remained formless
(neither angel
         nor batwing)
kept me in comfort and kept me fearing
that he was one found either
in only-light
        or only-darkness
and never in between;
so I left for a stretch
making like a five-point star
and did not return.
Back then I could touch the feathers
on my grampa’s flying bird hands,
look into the eyes of his grim knuckled face
and climb the branches of his

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