poetry critical

online poetry workshop

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Welcome!

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:

Heirloom Rose
Jenmarie

He leans in, still face
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eyelids falling
 2
my fragrance spills like dew from a leaf
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you are the sweetest of all the others

 4
 
 
I gaze at him the way I look at the moon,
 5
and uncurl under shade of a tree
 6
in the quietest moment of afternoon
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Days pass, I see him
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beyond the leafy pool

 9
Do you see me?
 10
You, seated at a table with a woman,
 11
a woman who makes you laugh
 12
all day together
 13
until evening rain begins,
 14
your suit jacket like an awning in wind
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I have no voice to call
 16
My reach, determined, fails
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I am just a face
 18
beyond a window full of rain,
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falling like stars.
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He will come back
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Why doesn’t he come back?
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Because, it is like that sometimes, my friend whispers
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her hair brushing against my cheek
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