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:

eleven o'clock

Lying next to you,
exhausted from sleepless, caffeine-and-kiss filled nights,
I heard the campanile counting the hour,
and every toll filled me with sadness and panic
of an impending end.
I did not understand the dread,
but somewhere I knew that eleven
was all I had left.
The clock was counting down,
bringing me closer to cruelty.
Such sweet hours spent in that bed.
An affair that will stay forever beautiful,
never clouded in memory with ugly moments.
Only a perfect picture of possibility
precluded by time and place.

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