Unpopular, poetry by Mary Daurio at Spillwords.com
Prateek Katyal

Unpopular

Unpopular

written by: Mary Daurio

@DaurioMary

 

A magazine nominated my story
for possible publication of the month.
The kicker—most votes win.
I won’t ask for a voting favour.
People do.
I’ve been asked and voted.
Nothing wrong with that,
but it’s against my grain
when non-contributors can vote.
Reading the story is prudent
but often not required.
Merit should win,
not author popularity.
One hundred phoney profiles,
mimicking fake news,
and clicking in would
prove a point.
Yesterday
a different magazine
editorially picked a story of mine
for a best-of-year anthology.
Publishers for profit
often require writers
have a possie.
I ride alone!

Mary Daurio

Mary Daurio

Mary Daurio, a retired nurse, mother and grandmother, is studying creative writing at Brock U while working on short stories, poetry and two novels. One a coming of age, the other a track mystery, attempting a Dick Francis style. She enjoys time with family, playing the flute, walking her dog, riding her horse and, of course, writing— Shoveling snow and dishes not so much. Her work has appeared online and in print in Grey Borders Magazine, Friday Flash Fiction, Cafelit, Medium, Pure Slush, Agape Review, Vocal, Ghost Orchid Press, Spillwords Press, The Fictional Café, Harrowsmith Magazine, and Adelaide’s magazine.
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