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:

missing you

I taste these words rolling off the tip of my tongue.
Two, three, maybe even four syllables but they all sound the same.
Like the bitter twist of lime, they never incite nor will they satiate my caramel lust for life.
What if i say them slowly?
Perhaps if i pronounce each syllable with 2 ticks of a needle.
Will my body shudder still with repulsion or fear
when i draw each word out in a tandem of controlled (im)pulses?
Can i swallow the bitter taste faster than i draw them out?
Or will it stoke the fire that boils this malady of madness.
Can i believe for a moment?
That all its recondite meanings
can be tied up in an embroidered pomander.
Will i smell sweetness?
How can i turn my eye away from the sight of the shed of sorries or the slushing sounds of its door.
I keep wondering
till weariness coaxes me to bed
where i lay these words next to my body.
But my hand feels nothing.
Save for the cold emptiness of my linen sheets.

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