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:


There is something relieving
about your love.
It is the breath I release
between the pain.
On my own
I am everything that amounts
to the anticipation
of getting a shot;
but with you
oh, with you
my flesh is not pierced
my muscles relax
and I walk with a new lease on life
away from the needle.
I will look away
and prepare for the sting
of 'without you'
enduring it only because...
...you are the breath I release
between the pain.

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