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:

The Skinhead In Moonlight

The visitor moved into her breast.
They fought until October came
when she raked in scalps of maple
with hair from stone cold rollers.
It took a woman to kill her twice
the comment barbed against her heart
"I thought his was the gents" she said,
Mascara jailed her from eyes to lips.
Years ago she made love to a skinhead
Moon half lit him through the windscreen.
Hair stroked his mouth like horsehair on cello,
his fists wore her name by a black rose.
Tonight she cut flowers from the common,
stared at the skinhead she became.
Moon was her last visitor
laying a silhouetted rose upon her scar.

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