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 drink to your blur

we only fought once
in a foyer
which seated moths and dust;
i thought you threw a phone
but it was just a loud word i felt
in the middle of my skull
you got in someone else's car
while i paid a daydream
to give me a bottle of whatever it was
we were drinking last year–
amnesia is beautiful,
so i asked it to stalk me,
to follow me home
because the stars didn't owe us a thing
you can't give up roads,
anything on wheels that tells you
you'll get there by four–
four more glasses of whatever this is
as you toast to me being impossible
and my dead eyes are stuck
to the shadows we left,
down dirt paths and pot holes
i bump in my sleep
the guard to this memory
keeps taking a break
that's why i feel you
under my eyelids-- again and again
you push me at midnight
shovel us out of the grave,
it is grief that can't breathe

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