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:

Next Time (1936)

Grandma hobbles out the door,
crosses cobbled stones alone.
Suitcase stuck to bone dry hand,
fox fur stole, packed in haste,
head stuck out, stares back at home.
Inside, granddad throws things round,
clouts the dog, but not too hard.
Empties lard into a pan,
tosses logs on fading coals,
lights lamp and puts the kettle on.
Moments later she returns,
two glass eyes start to steam,
places case on rocking chair,
while muttering “Next time, i swear.”

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