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:

We Only Know how to Live Cliche

       smeared on
             a beer bottle
               Both hands
           clutch the throttle
        Another packed parking lot
     another drunken fight
   Jim got mad at Jack
  Jack pulled out a knife.
Her entire emotional capacity is written on the
   the bathroom wall
     His dreams lie under his hood
       their hearts pump to the rhythm of sloppy  
          techno mixed in with a hip-hop beat
               to make them feel real
                   remind them they run the streets
               If Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch
               some water
               Then J and Illian went into the janitor's
               closet for a quickie.
Lip-gloss smeared on a beer bottle
Another girl pretending she loves a man
Another boy finding manhood in beer-pong titles
Welcome to teenage waste land.

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