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:

Snow Blind

Ice shadows and diamond dust rain,
beauty bewildering as our bones
felt as if they would freeze solid
beneath flimsy scarves woven of spring laughter,
mushroom white and algae green.
Later, we became footfalls in silence,
holding hands as watery light
faded to dusty blue-grey
We had already become
characters in a winter picture,
landscape feathered in frost
and we, snow creatures
animated by artist hand.
Tire swing in someone's yard -
too small for a grave - setting it ablaze,
we swung out across the mystery  
that separates the living from the dead,
coming to rest on a beach of bones,
shedding our beliefs like well worn jeans,
running naked into

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