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



written by: Mary Daurio



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.
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!

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