Why My Poetry Sucks

The Internet is a strange and fickle thing.

I pride myself on not being swayed by social media. I do not Twitter, Facebook, nor do I Instagram or use any other similar media. It’s pretty much WordPress, Hello Poetry, and one more poetry site that eat up my time online, along with YouTube of course.

Last Saturday and also on Monday, my blog had more views than usual.
During April, it is usually like that due to National Poetry Month.
I was happy, in a silly stats-driven cybernetic way.
(They say dopamine levels go up with Social Media stats and I believe it).

But I have also noticed that lots of views on one day can give the illusion that people are actually reading poetry blogs. Then yesterday I posted what I believe to be one of my better poems, which I worked on and edited extensively. I posted it earlier in the day than normal, thinking there would be more time for it to get read, and I checked the stats like a maniac . . . to be rewarded with SEVEN views all day, ha ha ha .

Have you ever wondered about blogs showcasing what seems to YOU to be vapid, superficial and carelessly-written poetry receiving hundreds of “likes” while others that display masterful use of wordcraft barely get read?

What does this poetic philosopher have to say to us on the topic?

6 comments on “Why My Poetry Sucks

  1. Inscrutable … !?
    I try not to pay any attention to stats.

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    • Desdi says:

      But you of all people have established an amazing and loyal readership base. Maybe Aussies are just more poetically sincere . . . .
      It really is funny how it works. Thanks for reading.

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  2. People fully expect an Aussie to be fully politically incorrect … in every respect 😎

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  3. It is strange, isn’t it? I like to go exploring when I have the time, but a lot of what I stumble across is so poorly written, and triggers the editor in me so much that I really cannot enjoy it. I imagine that often it is poetry (term used loosely) that is very emotional, or dealing with really emotional topics — very frequently teenage angst in all its forms and variations — and that might resonate more with a wider readership than do more carefully crafted, less easily accessible poems. There surely is a place for that — I just wish it would not have seeped into the mainstream poetic discourse. I had an ongoing argument with a friend of mine who always scoffed at emotion in poetry — he was a formally excellent, neo-classicist writer, if perhaps taking himself too seriously, and his writing in its authenticity not enough — and I always felt that there was room for both, form and emotion, substance and craftmanship. I think I understand now where he was coming from (oh, what a brat I was). i could keep ranting endlessly (and tell tales of a ‘poetry’ page that shall remain nameless), and various toes I have stepped on when offering suggestions, but I have rambled for long enough already. It is not just you!

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