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 Parent's Bed

I haven't slept in my parent's bed,
but I secretly want to
sneak in between their lives
like one of their dogs
making my body
into an upside down question mark
and curling around their feet.
My dad's sleep is heavy
and undisturbed like keeping company
with a thick twelve million year old
bald cypress trunk.
My mother's sleep is restless,
uncatalogued, defiant like six children
sent to bed early,
and even when they're not there
I might let the riverboat of my body
sink into the sheets
like the Mississippi
and secretly hold the shape
of both of them together
like two halves of a symbol
I never want to separate.

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