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:

The River

Was it only this morning
I walked barefoot on the bank -
The grass tickling my toes?
Where waterweed made green waves,
Trout slashed at surface with plop and splash
Or hid among the amber ripple of the rocks
Where I flicked a fly -
The sudden burst
Of life force thrumming down the line
As the fish turned with it.
Where I sat watching otters dive,
A dipper bobbing.
Holding my
The minutes
In the silence
I search
On and on...
Picking my way along
The river bed -
Dust tickling my nose.

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