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:


the cicadas chirp this warm night
tall bending grass caresses
long ago a child's delight
his songs the ghostly whispers
slants the light of the summer moon to reveal
red embers flickering and moving as he speaks
his voice soft as the lamb as if to conceal
a sadness with which he will always greet
a metal carcass lies in the yard
dented blue, one side door dislodged
a crooked maple in silhouette to the stars
one gush of the wind and it is as if it nods
to the boy-
his soul is forever and ever free

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