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 silent scream
shrieks through her brain.
So many other expressions
already long dead.
He asks her "why?"
without a moments attention
to ponder
what her answer might be.
She responds
with the phantom words
and ghostly feelings
of an invisible stranger.
Her mother always warned:
"Give me, give me never gets.",
but he got it all;
everything that she held sacred inside.
He violated,
and discarded it
along with the other
rotting, broken, items
useless to his life.
She gave to him
all that her heart had to give,
but his greed is never appeased.
He wants more love.
He wants her to kiss the poison
on his glistening lips,
in hopes
that she'll fall down vomiting
and dying at his feet.
Maybe then she'd see
that if she were
to look up tro him
with love in her eyes,
the spit to her face
wouldn't fall so quickly
and the boot to her head
might strike more gently.

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