O Ye minions of loyal connectees I must share my internet joy with you.
All day my stats languished at 1 (one) view. But after posting the Scandinavian splendor of Lin Berggren’s facial physiognomy, my view count rose—no, ASCENDED to three views.
Nothing like a stunning Swedish singer to AMP those stats.
Yeah, baby. Sverige etc, etc.
HELLO POETRY is a user-friendly and uncluttered website. It is easy to comment and message other poets. It’s a sort of lyrical Facebook without the bells and whistles. They provide a count of how many views a poem gets over time. One never knows if these stats are truthful, or just algorithmic hype, but accepting the bean counters at face value, here are my ten most-read poems since I began posting at the site in 2015. They range, top to bottom (if one believes the stats), from 40K+ views down to 9K+ views.
John Greenleaf Whittier’s Snow-bound (1865) comes in at number one with 43K views.
Bly falls into didacticism—a trait he always displays with audiences—reading & rereading the most inconsequential images, lines, stanzas, & poems as if of cosmic import. It’s also the dead giveaway of a man unsure of himself, his talent, & in need of constant reinforcement. But then he’s always played the “insecure liberal”, wasting time & energy in politics that should go to art, who needs to show his/her innate goodness, go to a [3rd World country/rehab center/orphanage/social activist group] to see how the other ½ lives, translate 5th rate poetasters into English, & leach bad poems from the transformative period so crucial to their growth as a poet/person. It’s all part of the co-opting of language & freedoms by so many groups—PC Elitists among them.