Poetry Popularity Contest
To the clueless, voting for a friend’s poem might seem like a lovely thing to do in the name of friendship, even if the poem is dreadful. Poetry.com is betting that those clueless will be so impressed with the International Library of Poetry website when they visit to cast their votes that they’ll start posting their own poems, being declared semi-finalists, being offered over-priced merchandise, dubious awards, etc. In short, they’ll be hooked.
In the past, I have received emails from poets and self-pubbed novelists who had never met me but who harvested my email addy from the Virginia Writers Club website and figured (wrongly) that I’d help out an unknown writer of dubious talent. A quick look at whatever I was supposed to vote for told me it wasn’t deserving of recognition. While I was tempted to write an in depth critique for a few of them, I decided not to waste my time for something I wasn’t getting paid for.
The clueless don’t get that the determination of a work’s literary value isn’t by majority rule. Yeah, some books are popular because they’re good, and word spreads. But you can’t have declare an otherwise dreadful book—or poem—worthy of literary merit by having a lot of folks vote for it.
OK. Rant over. Here’s the email Jack received:
Jack, have your favorite poem rated by friends and family, and take advantage of this unique contest brought to you by Poetry.com. We have given away over 80 iPod Shuffles and $6,000.00 in cash. We are committed to continuing this fun and exciting contest, and we need your help! All you have to do is send your poem to everyone you know, requesting that they rate your poem and send it to their friends. Before you know it, your poetry will circle the globe in the blink of an eye. Who knows? . . . you may even join our long list of winners in this extraordinary competition.
We award an Apple iPod Shuffle to poets every day, seven days a week, and we award $1,000.00 to two lucky poets every month.
Remember this contest is free and our gift to you for helping to spread the art and love of poetry. We have been amazed at how creative some of our poets have been. Some have posted the link to their poem on their personal web page or on their myspace.com page, while others have used blogs, chat rooms, and other imaginative techniques to get the word out about their poetry.
Put Your Poetry.com Poem Link On Myspace! Copy and Paste the below HTML onto your myspace page: You can also use the above HTML on Facebook.com, blogs, chat rooms, and any other network to get the word out about your poetry.
Here is your link: http://www.poetry.com/voteforme/poemvote1.asp?PID=10782770
Good Luck, Get Creative, And Keep Poetry Alive!
If you think scamming a scammer is pretty creative, then go ahead and vote for Jack's poem. Just don't look around too much while you're visiting poetry.com.
Good luck, and don't forward this to anybody you know. Jack doesn't want an iPod Shuffle; what he really wants is a video iPod. And maybe a MySpace page.