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:

untitled (contrite piece)

live outside the body;
unhinge your self from its tyrant senses
and the weight of tenuous contaminations.
perceive its invisible axis;
that spirit which submits
to every disturbance of this present age.
submerse into a wild counterpart.
the puzzling dichotomy of our cunning denial;
somewhere, an ungovernable permanence
buried beneath its dull, familiar glory.
hold onto that context,
let eternity destroy you;
embrace its conflagration,
but ignore the pain;
seize its rugged intentions
against a decadent grain.
here is the universe, unfettered
by the disquiet of ourselves.
suffer in the glory of truth;
sanity demands a penitent prodigal.
rebirth begins when we receive
the burden of spurned reason.

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