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:

Claude Chabrol's 'Les Biches' 1968

Not much you can do with jealousy,
store it, save it, turn it into anger?
Direct it at Jacqueline Sassard?
Call hers a retirement too early?
But would she even care,
as she daintily does her shopping
for things she doesn't need
today in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat?
Not much longer for this life,
rich Gianni Lancia back home
with the framed photos of his dad's
racing-cars in the gated villa,
decadently awaits her return;
because it's still buonissimo
having la bella donna
he seduced away from all that -
stardom, looking beautiful -
giving her the chance to run off
with him to Brazil at twenty-eight,
and she took it. Why not?
With a neat plunge of a knife
lifted down from the wall,
Jacqueline killed Stéphane Audran,
still working over sixty films later.
Why waited on the bed to reclaim
lover Jean-Louis Trintignant,
but Chabrol didn't reveal what
we imagine happened next
or tell us what happened to Why.
No need, we know why: it was La Fin,
as, never to be  caught on film again,
Jacqueline slipped away overnight,
from biche célèbre to biche anonyme.

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