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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Follow @poetrycritical for more!

Random Poem:

banana leaf

She picks up a leaf
the size of a car window,
yells for me to look.
(I shade myself from the sun and)
my eyes climb her arm to the discovery.
I want to take a picture, I begin to press
but I hold her pose
a split-second longer than necessary.
Her lips twitch in a smile held too long;
I memorize her stillness.
The lens flutters, bulbs
flash, or maybe it is
the sun mirrored off the glass
hanging in the nape of her neck, maybe
it is my heart that flutters.

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