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?