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:

A shopping trolley

A shopping trolley at the side of the road,
half on the pavement, half  
in the road. A man moves
it away from the road and
stands it against a wall; he turns to go
but the trolley starts to roll back
to the gutter, so he pushes it back
against the wall, this time aligning
its wheels at a right angle to the slope.
Again, he turns away and again the trolley
begins to roll, more slowly
this time, into the road.
After a third attempt
to move the trolley out of harm's way,
he watches it roll back to the edge
of the pavement, its front end pointing
into the road and, when he is sure
that it won't topple, walks away.

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