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.
Poetry is the message, not the way it gets conveyed (SNIFF)
Do NOT make it your own (SNORT)
It’s not about saying it in a new way (HICCUP)
It’s all about a message delivered lyrically (BURP/BELCH)
Poetry is NOT about emotions recollected in tranquility (FART)
Poetry is not about pushing the boundaries of language (YAWN)
Nor is it spasmodic unburdening (AHH—CHOO!)
Poetry has no militant agenda (GRUNT)
and Poetry is not about your prosaic observations (SIGH)
LET’S GET THAT STRAIGHT
Oh yeah – almost forgot:
PROMPT #10: a hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza,
where the first line has one word, the second line has two words,
and the third line has three words.
godless postmodern sensibilities