1. ‘Something Brighter Than Pity’ by Carolina Ebeid
2. ‘And Her Name Was I Am Not Staying’ by Corey Mesler
3. ‘A Hole In My Name’ by Amy King
4. ‘Vestment’ by Sarah J. Sloat
5. ‘At Ruby’s Diner’ by Sherry O’Keefe
6. ‘Lament’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum
7. ‘They Seek An Inky Elixir’ by Christine Boyka Kluge
8. ‘The Way Back’ by Kathleen Kirk
9. ‘The Day the Beekeeper Died: Sulaymaniya’ by David Allen Sullivan
10. ‘Miniatures’ by Mary Biddinger
11. ‘Kingdom’ by Nancy Devine
12. ‘Sink or Float [quick fix witch]’ by Juliet Cook
13. ‘After Adultery’ by Collin Kelley
14. ‘Raguel’ by Christine Klocek-Lim
15. ‘A History of Stone and Shadow’ by Carolyn Guinzio
16. ‘The Rising and Falling of Trees’ by Pat Fargnoli
17. ‘A Bigfoot Poem’ by Dave Bonta
18. ‘Death By Precipitation’ by Patricia Lockwood
19. ‘Half Moon’ by Juliet Cook
20. ‘Distance’ by James Cervantes
This captures the number of hits on the current existing 63 posts, using the Top Posts of All Time WordPress function (as opposed to the Top Posts Today, This Week or This Month), so it’s not really fair to more recent posts, which haven’t had the time to garner the hits older posts have been able to rack up (although look at Jill Alexander Essbaum’s ‘Lament’, only posted yesterday!) The ranking overall is probably a week or two behind reality, though, I’d say.
Other stats of possible interest:
Whale Sound launched on August 30 and it’s now early October, so September represents a full month of activity. WordPress shows that Whale Sound got almost 4,000 visits during September (3,832, to be precise). If you look at weekly activity, visits apparently hover around the 150 mark every weekday, dipping to between 50 and 100 on weekends (Whale Sound doesn’t post on weekends).
On Facebook (click here and like!) Whale Sound has 99 fans so far, who are 73% female and and 22% male. The vast majority (80% plus) are US poets. We love this, while also remaining interested in branching out. My own personal stats, for participating poets posted and pending, show that Whale Sound poets are currently 62% female and 38% male.