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:

Sunday Morning Basement

You’re alone on a Sunday morning
with a one-way ticket on an elevator
first floor going down.
The lights are on, and your hands
glow florescent.
You curl your fingers around the keys
because there are other ways down.
A few steps later, pipes
the size of mythical snakes
slither from the ground to the ceiling.
To the right: boxes with bright lights beacon
to your left: the rat poison,
marking the closet entrance.
The key in hand, the door opens,
closes behind you.  Opens.
Past the vats of yellow liquid labeled
in mysterious letters: GMU-1.
Below them, chartruse stickiness bubbles.
The last landmark, the blue funnel
catching clear liquid off the wall.
At last, the exit sign.

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