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:


Sprinting away from
A greasy, grimy
Seven foot maniac calls my name
A dark hallway appears
This tenebrous trail is my only option
My only hope to live
Stumbling, but
Slipping out of his reach
I call for your help
And hear nothing but my echo in return
Tears streaking down my face
As I discover a room
Dimly lit, the walls
Draped with demonic devices
Hunting for an exit
He grabs my hair, pulls me to his side
I clench my trembling teeth
Try to break free
I push and pull from his intense grip
My mouth tenses,
My teeth grind
They start to shatter
White shards of ivory fall through my fingertips
Bending to pick up the remains
Gasping for air through sobs of fright
Of loss
Of confusion
On hands and knees I crawl away
Hide behind carts and chairs
Screaming still for you
But you are caught, too.

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