poetry critical

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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:

Premonition Of Kristal Nacht
larrylark

The bore in the barbers shop,
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he is duty, decency,
 2
citrus smelling and clean.
 3
 
 
Scouts in the meeting;
 4
repellent shrieking
 5
edges into hysteria.
 6
 
 
A war cripple bends,
 7
picks up a nail,
 8
starts filing his nails.
 9
 
 
Children play in parks,
 10
moving sand
 11
from one pail to another.
 12
 
 
Sadness of a lilac bush
 13
glimpsed in a dark courtyard
 14
in front of full hotel.
 15
 
 
Travellers rest edgily
 16
in all night steam baths,
 17
their aborted laughter closes doors.
 18
 
 
Glittering glass jars
 19
of pomades and potions
 20
stand reflected
 21
in the gleaming Fin De Siecle
 22
mirrors, echo of time to come.
 23
 
 
The bore in the barber's shop
 24
will follow orders
 25
out of civic duty,soon inseparable
 26
from his duty to the state.
 27
 
 
Much later his acts
 28
would be deemed obscene.
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