The Top 100 Poetry Blogs

Went on a 4-day vacation to enjoy my youngest step-daughter’s high school graduation in my home state of Texas. When I returned I found a notice that I’d been included in a list of the top 100 poetry blogs.

Flattered and honored, I can’t help but note the subjectiveness of such lists, which is why I seldom do them. One poet’s top 100 is another poet’s bottom feeder net. But I do say I am in some good company.

Other poetry blogs that made the list include:

  • Ted Kooser’s American Life In Poetry at No. 2
  • Harriet: The Blog (The Poetry Foundation) at No. 4
  • Read Write Poem at No. 9
  • DIY Publishing at No. 15
  • Poetry Hut at No. 16
  • 32 Poems Magazine at No. 20
  • Paul Hoover at No. 23
  • Silliman at No. 25
  • One Poet’s Notes at No. 32
  • Very Like A Whale at No. 41
  • Mark Doty at No. 50
  • Mike Snider at No. 52
  • PoemShape at No. 72
  • Jack Prelutsky at No. 80

While I’d order these blogs in a much different way, I do agree with most of the selections. There are some irritations with this list, however.

For starters, Harriet is not a blogger. It’s the name of The Poetry Foundation’s blog and is written by a team of contributors. University Reviews Online could have done a little more homework. MetaCafe and WCBN-FM are not poetry blogs. While they include poetry videos and programming as a part of their public offerings, it’s a stretch to call them poetry blogs. While I appreciate the intent in including them on the list I’d much rather see blogs like Robert Lee Brewer’s, a real poetry blog, make the list. And I’m saddened by the absence of The Kenyon Review’s and Ploughshare’s blogs.

Nevertheless, I’m honored to be listed among the 100. Any idea where I fall? Not that it matters, but right behind Poetry Hound at position No. 29.

BTW, many of the blogs on this list can be read through the World Class Poetry Toolbar.

And if you’re interested, there’s a new book review at WCP. Ever wanted to learn how to make a living as a poet?

Related posts:

  1. 5 Types Of Poetry Blogs And Who You Should Read
  2. My Favorite Poetry Blogs
  3. Poetry And Good Company: It Pays To Be On Top!
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7 Responses to The Top 100 Poetry Blogs
  1. Paul
    May 31, 2009 | 11:34 pm

    One has to wonder at the criteria used to create this list. I looked for an explanation of how it was made but could not find one. A prompt site at number 9 but Silliman at 25. Hmmm,

  2. Stacey
    June 1, 2009 | 2:16 pm

    Congratulations Alan!

    Just wanted to thank you for the email re: comment.
    I did try to email you back, to say thanks, but the email kept re-bounding.

    Take care

  3. Gary B. Fitzgerald
    June 2, 2009 | 8:35 pm

    I post at the Harriet blog now and then. As you pointed out, it is the Poetry Foundation blog. The Poetry Foundation produces the magazine ‘Poetry’ and the blog is named after Harriet Monroe, the founder of Poetry magazine.

    To be unaware of this simple fact about blog number four out of 100 renders the entire thing suspect. And Silliman at 25 behind Ted Kooser, Patrick Martin and Paul Hoover? Please. That’s just downright ridiculous. I think this is either another poetry spoof or somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

  4. the poet
    June 3, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Gary, I agree. It isn’t a well put together list at all. And Paul makes a good point too. When such a list is compiled, there should be some statement as to how the compiler arrived at the conclusions. I scoffed at Silliman’s place in the lineup too (as well as many others). But I also wonder if the list was intended to be ordered in a value-centric way or if was simply intended to be a compilation list of blogs about poetry. Since there is no explanation, we can only guess. :-)

  5. Stacey
    June 13, 2009 | 2:52 pm

    “You’re more than welcome Stacey”….

    Thought I would help you out Alan, you seemed to have missed me somehow!!

    Hasn’t anyone ever told you that its rude and ignorant to ignore people….but then again I dont meet your criteria do I?

    Next time I will not waste my time or energy in thanking you for the email.

    You’re a very arrogant man Alan…..but arrogance gets you nowhere.

  6. suzylnn
    June 25, 2009 | 8:50 pm

    Nicely done, good information too! Thanx

    suzylnns last blog post..Just One More Tomorrow

  7. the poet
    June 26, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    Thank you Suzylynn. Hope you stick around some more.

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