The Poets of Medium Are An Endangered Species!
Here’s How To Help Them
The New Payment Metric, which pays writer on the basis of how longer a reader spends with their work, is a windfall for people who write
v-e-r-y l-o-n-g- p-o-s-t-s.
But Medium Members who write short poems need to eat too!
So how can we help them thrive on this platform?
Some readers have promised to read more slowly.
Mark Mehlmauer floated the idea that, after we read a poem, we linger on the screen long enough to carefully read it again — backwards.
Here’s my suggestion:
Let’s all resolve to memorize one Medium poem a day.
When you come upon a Medium poem you really enjoy?
Don’t leave the page until you can recite that sucker.
But — don’t just sit there starring at the screen!
Make sure to scroll around a bit so the algorithm won’t think you’ve stepped out for a smoke or a bathroom break.
The result? We’ll all become a bit more learned and literate.
And cool! Being able to recite poems is cool.
And? Poets will get paid more!
Can this possibly work?
There’s only one way to find out!
You probably have your own Favorite Medium Poet whose works you’d enjoy committing to memory. If not? Let me suggest that you start your Poem Memorization and Poet Support Process off with this brief snarky Haiku which, although 80 people have read it and 50 people have clapped for it, has so far earned just 88 cents, because it only takes 19 seconds to read:
A Short Poem About Reading Short Poems on Medium If We Don’t Want Poets To Go Broke
Now That the Only Metric That Matters is the Time a Reader Spends Reading Each Post
If you’ve written — or read — a Medium poem that you think is worth memorizing?
Please post a link in the Comments Section.
If we work together we can preserve an endangered species — The Poets of Medium.