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Everything is Broken - 02/06/2018
by V. Blake

As I write this, I don't actually know if it will post successfully. Let's see.

Sorry to report that the owner of this website has abandoned it. We owe him eternal gratitude for all the work that went into building it in the first place, and for continuing to foot the bill that keeps it online at all. That said: we apologize for the bugs, but there's nothing we can do to fix them.

Keep steady backups of your poetry. And everything else--that's just practical advice for a digital world.

In case you didn't realize, private messaging does not work. Your messages are not reaching their recipients.

The moderators can pick poems of the day. That's about it for our powers.

I am sorry. Site errors will prevent me from making you a member. I promise that we'd have welcomed you to this community if we could.


I guess that's it. Hope you're having a good day.

The Pathetic Book of Poetry - 04/08/2014
by V. Blake

Our very own Jody Pratt was cool enough to put together a book of poetry using submissions from Pathetic members. Read more about it in the forums--you can even just click this link if you're feeling lazy, so no excuses.

Thanks go out to Jody for his efforts and to everyone who submitted their work to make it possible. Go get yourself a copy!

New Server - 08/03/2013
by Gavin M Roy

The site has been moved to a new server which should address the ongoing login issues for the past week or so.

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen Contest Results - 09/20/2011
by V. Blake

Well, the extended contest is over, and we have our results! Congratulations to our winners, and a sincere thanks to all the participants!

Scarecrow by Frankie Sanchez and Steven Kenworthy

Everyone else! (Sorry. The submissions were too few to warrant runner-up selections!)

There wasn't a huge pool of submissions this time around, but all the ones we got were awesome. Thanks again everybody.

Older News
Poem of the Day for 02/21/18

The Smile
by Alex Smyth

It caught at my heart when I saw him,
The curve of the chin
The soft brown hair
The once familiar scent
stirring memories of youthfulness.

That unselfconscious perfection made my arms ache.

As tho summoned by my yearning
He turned and met my stare.
Caught like a deer in the headlights, I braced.

For a flicker of a second his forthright gaze measured my whole self ~
And then, with a mischievous lift of an eyebrow
He smiled at me.

*soft sigh*

He smiled at me
Over his mother’s shoulder
As she jiggled him on her hip in the checkout line.


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