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:

The Coward's Song

At the risk of embarassment
I refuse to try my hand at this
Scratch my head and choke on my own spit
I live life as denial steers it
As the rain soaks the hard concrete
I go blind and never see it
but the smell sends fear all through me
and I'm determined to be defeated
Try to tell me I'm a winner
Time runs out as I get thinner
Tonight I think I'll pass up dinner
Thanks for asking
Inside the house, the ants search for survival
and I become their biggest rival
I believe I'm hardcore
as I squish them under my thumb
Truth be told, I have no courage
and I've gone on a million searches
Been in and out of several churches
Trying to find strength
I may have been a closet boozer
But I refuse to be called a loser
Point me towards my accuser
So I can run
What was it that you were saying?
I was too damn busy praying
and I think I plan on staying
here on my knees

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