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:

Peas and Cues

Valued skin like silk, valued sweat like spice.
There are ancient roads paved in grape seeds,
they just sought their home
and I’d like to tell them that one day
home will be a hotel
and solace will be found inside themselves.
New boats, with maps laid out on sawdust stuck tables
race their compasses in a magnetized spin for fame.
I would like to tell them
that the stars were beautiful before they told them where to go.
Now someone who knows the tides
is telling me about a metaphor
as if their explorations were something beyond mine.
He called the North Star Shakespeare
but I call it equally beautiful to the rest.
Forgoing life to crawl under a chapter,
I sat on a beach chair and sketched out Kim’s hair.
Forgoing understanding for the idea that life
is what I make it and I make it perfect.

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