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:


I passed out in the stairwell
Of the twelfth floor—
Too tired to think to call a friend
I lied in the open breezeway snug in the corner
My own cave of shadows—
the graffiti and posters upon the beige plastered cinder-blocks
just mementos of  a cozy home
as people came and went
I lie trampled and drunk
The red exit light cast a comforting negation
On that world that loomed just beyond the door
Where Ikea and matching linens kept the clock on time
A place that milked from me that thousand-yard stare
And hung my happiness on the fridge for show
For early-morning coffee reminders that sacrifice breeds success
Though I never knew quite what I’d won until I leaned to fall

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