As a glimpse at the archive totals in the sidebar on this page will indicate, with this week’s entries “One Poet’s Notes” has moved beyond the first 100 posts to the blog. In my Thanksgiving message I outlined the growth in readership and the many rewarding responses received from readers since the initiation of “One Poet’s Notes” in mid-January. Once again, I thank readers of Valparaiso Poetry Review and “One Poet’s Notes” for their continuing support and encouragement.
Additionally, in a brief look back at the recent issues, literary topics, news articles, poets, poems, and reviews included or discussed during the first 100 posts to “One Poet’s Notes,” I have been pleased to notice readers’ interest in a wide array of entries, measured by the site meter statistics of viewers’ entry pages and frequently visited items, as well as the most popular subjects sought by those entering the blog through web search engines.
Therefore, as a re-introduction and an invitation to new readers who would like to browse through those most visited pages of the past posts on “One Poet’s Notes,” I submit the following “top ten list” of titles viewed (determined solely according to frequency figures) by users of “One Poet’s Notes” beyond the usual entry points of the blog’s main page or the most recently posted item.
1. Theodore Roethke: “My Papa’s Waltz”
2. John Ashbery: “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror”
3. Charles Simic: MY NOISELESS ENTOURAGE
4. Charles Wright: SCAR TISSUE
5. Elizabeth Bishop: The Poet’s Voice
6. Philip Levine: BREATH
7. Veterans Day: Brian Turner’s “Here, Bullet”
8. Ellen Bryant Voigt: MESSENGER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS 1976-2006
9. James Dickey: “The Firebombing”
10. Major Jackson: HOOPS
In addition to visiting these popular pages, I urge readers to browse through the archives of the first 100 posts to “One Poet’s Notes” and discover other items they might find interesting and deserving of renewed attention.