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The Changeling's Lament 
31st-Oct-2011 02:12 pm
Boondock/can't believe
So "The Changeling's Lament" has gone a bit viral.

No, really.

I have been hearing from various people that it's being spoken of and reposted, that people are talking about it. And I am surprised at this as much as I'm loving it - this poem is so personal that I had no assurance, when I sent it out into the world, that anyone else would really identify with and connect to it.

So I have a Google Alert on my name, to see where my stuff gets mentioned and reviewed, and... it kind of exploded.

I saw it show up on Tumblr first; hundreds of reblogs, with several points of origin. I was baffled at sindrian over this, because I don't know Tumblr well, but does this happen? Do poems go viral there?

Is hundreds not viral enough?

Because I have started to get comments on the workblog from people who found the poem via StumbleUpon, so I looked at StumbleUpon, and you guys, my poem has 77,000 hits via StumbleUpon.

This is when I just started wandering around the house going "what is this I don't even."

People are posting about it on their blogs, remixing it with different pictures of the destructive beauty-industrial complex. People are discussing it in comments. I'm not going to sit here and link stuff all afternoon, you can google it and see.

I mean, does this happen? Does this happen all the time and none of the cool poets told me? Because I feel like I am living in an alternate universe here.

I still don't know quite how to handle this. There's just a lot of "are you serious that this is happening?" I am baffled. I am confused.

31st-Oct-2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
This is amazing, and no, I've never seen it happen before.

It's a pity that not a single person of those 77k donated to ST, though.
31st-Oct-2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Aii. :( I wish they had - and I hope they looked at the rest of the site, too!
31st-Oct-2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
There is nothing on the page to indicate ST even wants donations or how to donate. Perhaps a button is in order?
1st-Nov-2011 01:04 am (UTC)
There are donation buttons elsewhere on the site, but as a rule we don't get donations for some reason. It's quite a pity, since many people love the mag, and we're two immigrant spoonies and funds are always in short supply. I added a button to Shira's page; even if one person donates 5$, that buys a poem.
31st-Oct-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it happens from time to time, but not often. Congrats. It's an awesome poem.
31st-Oct-2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well, um, ahh, not to put too fine a point on it or anything, but...

31st-Oct-2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Holy wow.
I... have never heard of anything like that ever happening!


*falls over*
31st-Oct-2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

31st-Oct-2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
And the next time you question your talent, or the need for your voice, remember this incident. Something you wrote has touched so many people that they had to share it over and over.
1st-Nov-2011 01:04 am (UTC)
yes, this!
31st-Oct-2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Wow! Neat!

I'd seen it on tumblr and made sure to reblog it with a link back to Stone Telling. I was puzzled but happy to see it there. I wasn't expecting it to show up on tumblr. That's really cool that so many people seem to find that it resonates!
31st-Oct-2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Huge congrats on this!!!
31st-Oct-2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I think, maybe, there are a lot of changelings out there.
1st-Nov-2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ha, this explanation rocks.

Congratulations, 'song! Well deserved.
31st-Oct-2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! Congrats!!!
1st-Nov-2011 12:02 am (UTC)
1st-Nov-2011 01:45 am (UTC)
1st-Nov-2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Well, that is... incredible? Impressive? Those don't seem like the right words, because it also seems expected. You are good at your craft, and it's such a true and evocative work.
3rd-Nov-2011 01:42 am (UTC)
That is awesome. Also, yes, on Tumblr things can go viral like whoa.
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