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:

suicide pact at the work release center

he tried killing himself
on my day off
by swallowing
a bottle of thorazine
spent a week
at the psych ward
of the county hospital.
came back last night
during second shift
saw him in the chow hall
while taking count this morning
nice to see you back,
i told him.
after breakfast
he came up to the control desk
for his insulin.
was on the phone with my wife
told her i couldn't live without her
said i was driving her crazy
hung up on me
i was numb for awhile
then it came over me
like niagara falls,
he said
dropping his needle
in the sharps container.
won't let me
keep meds in my room
he said
as i pulled his thorazine
and seven other meds
out of the locked cart.
do you want to die?
i asked him.
part of me wants to
my wife doesn't love me anymore
state took my kids from me
i can't get a job
sometimes feels like
i'd be better off dead.
i asked
if he'd be willing to promise
he'd come talk to me first
before he ever tried it again.
we shook on it.

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