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:


A brash decision,
A twist of fate,
The mountain and I
Have a solitary date.
I arrive and shuffle in
To the room with a view.
The sun starts to set,
As my thoughts seep through.
A thousand conversations
Below me in that mixing bowl,
While I Google a million searches
Into the depths of my soul.
A patchwork of worries,
Unthreaded in the breeze.
This mountain of mine, be kind -
Rewind. I'll buckle at the knees.
She will wash away my dirt
With the sand between my toes.
And frame the sun with her shoulders,
Right before it flickers, and goes.
So when I'm slowly drowning,
And can't imagine how to cope,
I'll dirty my pants and run grass through my fingers
To come here and hope:
That when the sky is dark,
And the lights are all winking,
Pretoria will start to hum,
And I will stop thinking.

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