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:

kite running, an LA story

so gold edges drag
and thud against the
wooden mass of tongues
you long to master.
strange hollow-bottomed boats
of mouths to hang
wide open
catching epiphanies
and flies alike
power is liquid-limned
in this murky yet
clear-eyed state.
i am built to hold love.
to take it in and
in and in and in and
radiate beyond self
or stars
or far-flung fairy stories
we were told as
little children
hidden in tomato plants
like pews or altars
to the us
we wished to worship.
delicate origami selves,
admittedly another
but we knew
we were just
dealing with paper.
thin pulp
hammered like
our hearts and strung
across fading frames
dotting an imaginary sky.
who will hold
our ribboned strings?
run open-armed
to meet us,
suns melting
in our mouths
and all?

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