poetry critical

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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:

READ, SIGN, COMPLY, DIE: THE CONTRACT
cynthmala

I.
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"Courage!" she said,
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and pointed to the dead.
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"Don't recognize them as human!"
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($$$$$$$$)
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His gun lay fed.
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He put it to his head.
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"But I do. Leaving you."
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.................................
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II.
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Quotes from the Obit:
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- "Oh, scarred, unkempt, infectious, crisp...
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loving, crushing, and over-whelming, but what
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an egoist, -really!  I don't think he could even
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sight-read."   - a  music-journalist.
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- "A tempest-blown man he was..."  - a poet.
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- "Obviously, the fishbowl, the jar, the green
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sea, - what have you, closed over him long
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before he had grown all of his adult teeth."
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- a psychiatrist
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- "I knew him!  He was always jerking off to break
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the vacuum that held him up, that let him just hang."
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- a psychiatric patient.
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- "Such rage displayed in his dreams turned
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him into something absolutely malevolent,
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into something from which you should run..."
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- a disappointed fan
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- "While in the lyrical air, we both strained
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for breath... but conditions tempered us down
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to an acceptable level of eccentricity.  
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He felt the obligation to relieve others
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of ourselves, for us to be alone together.
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Naturally, we were linked... we're still linked."
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- a psychic groupie.
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- "Tired.  Mostly polite." - his fellow band members.
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