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:

Breathing In and Out

With bubbles clinging to body hair
like tiny diamonds, we hold hands
and sink to the bottom.
Chlorine burns our eyes
but our lips are wet,
gliding smoothly,
like quick-silver
when we kiss.
Need for oxygen propels us
to the surface where we catch
our breath in heavy gasps.
Hours later –
Need to go deeper
pushes us to a different edge.
Eyes closed, bodies burning,
we cannot catch our breath.
We gasp for different reasons,
beads of sweat clinging
to body hair like
tiny diamonds.

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