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:

Chlorine and Candy and the Resurrection of Trust

trust is a weak swimmer
easily drowned in two-fingers
yesterday's fish
were the wrong kind of bad
smashed the bobber
hung my net to dry
toed the tide line
'til you rowed by
you baited me with Skittles
took me swimming
not once pointing out
the imperfection
of my thighs
you said you wished, just once
I could see myself
through your eyes

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