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:

Premonition Of Kristal Nacht

The bore in the barbers shop,
he is duty, decency,
citrus smelling and clean.
Scouts in the meeting;
repellent shrieking
edges into hysteria.
A war cripple bends,
picks up a nail,
starts filing his nails.
Children play in parks,
moving sand
from one pail to another.
Sadness of a lilac bush
glimpsed in a dark courtyard
in front of full hotel.
Travellers rest edgily
in all night steam baths,
their aborted laughter closes doors.
Glittering glass jars
of pomades and potions
stand reflected
in the gleaming Fin De Siecle
mirrors, echo of time to come.
The bore in the barber's shop
will follow orders
out of civic duty,soon inseparable
from his duty to the state.
Much later his acts
would be deemed obscene.

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