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:

Back Under

Stop.  Breath.  Abide.
This feeling, too, will pass.
Concentrate on the knot inside.
Let it go.  Relax.
There is a heat in my head
And a feeling of drowning in my chest.
When I close my eyes, the dark is red.
I need reprieve.  I need rest.
So I fight my way to the surface;
Clawing at each shred of wonder.
I look to you.  Look for hope in your face.
But you lazily push me back under.

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