The curators are super-busy people. I get it. There for awhile I was getting about every fourth poem curated and nearly every writing article, as well as a few of my personal essays — then, nothing.
I have a 17% curation rate for the past month — down from nearly 60%.
I do not feel as though the quality of my poetry suddenly took a nosedive — but that the curators must have their hands full.
I recently wrote a poem entitled A World Without Butterflies.
The poem is sitting at 1.3K claps and I am rather pleased with its performance — but the poem was not curated. I was sorely disappointed. I felt the work was quality and was rather surprised that it was not chosen for curation. I did have a screenshot pic at the bottom, a divider that was gold and filigree and pretty. Perhaps this un-credited pic was the problem?
I removed the pic and emailed support, asking them to take a second look at the poem. It was curated within the hour. In my humble opinion, deservedly so.
I wrote another poem about the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
The Dance of Hurricane Dorian
a free verse poem response to this first hurricane of season 2019
This poem was also not curated. Perhaps the curators did not like the links I included, sharing the stories of some of the hurricane victims? It seems during a time when such a tragic event is occurring, and a poem is written about this, a decent poem, I feel — that this would be the time to curate such a poem? With the links to Twitter included this should improve its Google-standing, right? (I am clearly not an SEO or search engine expert.) It seems, to me, that this would be favorable to Medium? Isn’t that what Medium really wants — to draw traffic to Medium articles?
Apparently the curators aren’t into Gnome stories
Another poem, I was stunned did not get curation. Yes, it is a rhyming poem, but I have not read another poem on Medium quite like this one:
The poem reads like a fairy tale. I realize this may not be for everyone, but again, it is representative of a well-written fiction poem and tells an entertaining story — or, so I am told by everyone but the curation staff.
Why do I take this so personally?
Historical poetry — not so much
A final example is a historical poem about the children who suffered under the atrocious Josef Mengele in Auschwitz. (Warning — this one is difficult to read.)
Again, not curated. This one also has some links — to get a better understanding of the history behind the poem. I felt it was one of my better poems and denial of curation, well, it stung.
Some awful poetry gets curated
I have read some truly terrible poems that have been curated. (It seems lately the curators like the “big name” people from outside of Medium — whether they write poetry well, or NOT.) I realize even saying this makes me sound elitist, self-absorbed, snobbish — but I can’t make this post without saying that. It seriously makes me wonder — do the curators read the entire poem? Are they more article-focused and less concerned with raising the bar when it comes to poetry? Or is it really all a game of favorites?
Poetry deserves to be respected and celebrated on this platform
I want to see better for my craft on Medium. I want to see Medium give the same value to a well-crafted poem as it does to well-written articles.
Poetry is difficult to write. Difficult to live. It is a calling that pulls at our souls and emotions more than any article I have ever written (no offense here — I write articles that sometimes take me days to finish — and I have a regular newspaper column as well, so I get it.)
But poetry — it is digging deep — deep into the well of humanity.
I humbly ask the Medium community to lift up the poetry here on Medium and support the work that moves you. The genre may not be for everyone, but it is a beautiful niche that deserves respect and elevation here on Medium.
I hope, too, that we get more curators who love the craft of poetry and celebrate the best of it with us. Perhaps a poetry-specific curation guide would be helpful? The current curation guide is a bit tricky to apply to a poetry post.
Thank you to the curators and all of the hard work that they do — I am truly grateful. Here’s hoping at some point I can learn to take the denial of curation — not so personally.
Also, it would be nice — like really really nice — if there was a way for readers to recommend a post for curation. Perhaps each person could have a handful of “recommendations” they can do per month. This would be wonderful!
Off to write more poetry — and hoping to cure my curation drought.
- Since this post will not be considered for curation — consider this a call-to-action to ask for your readership and support for my poetry. The curation drought is sucking my will to “poem”.
Christina Ward 🌼 is a published poet and award-winning prose writer from North Carolina. She’s been a Top Writer in Poetry since her 4th week on Medium. You can follow her poetry at Fiddleheads & Floss Poetry, or with various publications such as Literally Literary, Written Tales, Law of Connections, Blue Insights, P.S. I Love You, The Junction, The Weekly Knob, Intimately Intricate, House of Haiku, and Weeds & Wildflowers among others.
And she loves her readers and fans SO MUCH.