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 Forever Kids

Cities pouring Forever Kids from a flower
is very extraordinary living,
conjured up images of wasted, strung-out junkies,
Police confirmed the powdered candy being passed
is wild and free love
but my hospital gown was not pretty.
We lose our families and tvs going to communion.
Maybe the pawn shops are hungry?
There’s always a secret stash somewhere;
flowerdust gone just a week after heartache.
Kids with no heroes stumble on happiness
but none of us love each other.
Enough enough!
Help us please. Emergency rooms
won’t they?
My doctor told me you can never tell
with the Russians how pure it’s going to be
but after day three
it will get better.
We are all just pretty china dolls
getting sick together.

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