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:

you dont get a refund if you overpray
guelah

we talk between cigarettes between our fingers,
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and once we are alone he lowers his voice,
 2
lowers his eyes, and tells me
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about the last time he prayed
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he says the terror had spread exponentially,
 5
making mostly left turns as it entwined
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itself with every nerve and upstanding
 7
quality lying deep within him until
 8
 
 
he had to question a creator
 9
who let them be the punchline,
 10
who listened to the tear-filled conversations
 11
muffled by bedsheets and self-doubt,
 12
and had the audacity to give them exactly
 13
what they thought they could never have
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and he prayed angrily about his unreadiness,
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and a doctor's mistake,
 16
and the diminishing need
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to be looked favorably upon by the lowercase god
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  who mocked them;
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and he tells me that made the decision easier
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