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:

Memory of light

You have parted your curtains,
moonlight enters the room.
jasmine blooms in a paper cup.
small boats sail up to your window,
the crew looks through the glass.
This does not disturb you.
They wave. Or do they doff their caps
and mock you? You wave back, uncaring.
You almost hear the ocean.  
You know a memory is being chiseled
from this room, this night of dumb peace.
You will return, years from now
when your mind has clenched on a future agony.
Unknowable tonight.
A hand closes the curtains.
You return to bed.

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