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 Space Between

I'm not broken and I know it
I'm not finished, dead or done
but your shoulder was my shoulder
and my mind is not made up
i'm a seeker of abysses
but not of mystery
just the long and lightless drop
and the poignant ending
how dare you for being loving
how dare me for being shy
why, when I struggled to be free,
did you fight to hold me tight?
who are the girls I'm chasing
they are nameless, faceless, obscure
is it really worth the effort
and why can't I be sure?
slowly the resentment builds
(the seed is in your heart)
and the aching unfamiliarity
has already begun to start
I'm not broken and I know it
the cracks crevasse as we pull apart
but your shoulder was my home
and your heart is still my heart

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