I figured most of my poems would score low, and I was right, especially when it came to my dark poetry:
- "What Greets Me At The End" (originally published in the May 2011 Issue of Cover of Darkness) scored a -1.3.
- "Life is the Life" (published in The Monsters Next Door, Contest Issue 4.5, November 15, 2008, Scattered Verses, Moonlit Curses Horror Poetry Anthology, May 2009, Aphelion, October 2011, and Night to Dawn 27, April 2015 Issue, February 2015.) scored a -0.7.
- "Souls Adrift" (published in Fear and Trembling, April 8, 2010, Aphelion, May 2011, and Dark Metre, Issue 17, December 2, 2012.) scored a -2.8. (Please note that as this poem has fewer than 80 words the score should be interpreted with caution.)
- "The Damnation of Daniel Brewster" (originally published in The New Bedlam Project, Vol. 1, Issue 1, April 2009) scored a -1.7.
- "Corpse Candles" (published in the June 2008 issue of Niteblade, Lost Innocence: A Niteblade Anthology 2007-2008, and Deadman's Tome, October 2010.) scored a 1.8.
- "Gathering of the Dead" (published in Tales from the Moonlit Path, Halloween Issue, October 2009, House of Horror, Issue #17, Halloween 2010, and Cover of Darkness, March 2012) scored a -1.6.
I also tried some lighter pieces:
- "Galactic Road Trip" (originally published in Tales of the Talisman Volume IV, Issue 1, Summer 2008, also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2008.) scored a whopping 3.1.
- "Amongst Faerie Oaks" (originally published in Abandoned Towers, Issue #4, November 2009) scored a 1.5. (Please note that as this poem has fewer than 80 words the score should be interpreted with caution.)
- "The Brownie" (originally published in FrostFire Worlds, Issue 1, August 2013, and also published in also Aphelion, July 2015) scored a 0.1.
Thinking maybe my low scores are due, in part, to low word counts (my poems tend to be on the short side), I tried my longest piece to-date, "Shroudeater" (published in Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010, Thirsty Are the Damned: A True Vampire Anthology, December 2011, and Night to Dawn 25, April 2014 Issue, February 2014). Alas, that one scored a -0.9.
I tried one more long dark poem, "Never Ending Struggle" (originally published in Death Head Grin #39, October 2012 and also published in Aphelion, Issue 198, Volume 19, August 2015), and that one scored a -0.1.
It seems this assessor didn't like my dark poetry. Strange, I always thought my dark verse was my strongest verse.
Anyway, regardless of what this assessor said, my poems were good enough for the various editors who published them. That's all that really counts. (At least some of the poems I entered were published multiple times.)
BTW, since someone suggested the assessor is set up to assess contemporary poetry, not "olde" poetry, I entered my more contemporary dark poem "Your Bloody Face" (published in Tales from the Moonlit Path, Issue 9, February 2008, Scattered Verses, Moonlit Curses Horror Poetry Anthology, May 2009, and House of Horror, Issue 9, Special Valentine's Issue, February 2010). That one scored a 0.2.
I also tried three more science fiction pieces. Interestingly enough, they tended to score higher than my dark poems:
- "Holiday on Phreetum Prime" (originally published in Star*Line, March/April 2008 and also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2008) scored a 2.6.
- "The Birth of Sentience on Aggraboth V" (originally published in The Fifth Di..., Edition 10, #1, March 2008 and also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2009) scored a 0.6.
- "Cosmic Journey" (published in The Sword Review, September 3, 2007, the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, August 2008, and While the Morning Stars Sing, ResAliens Press, August 2011.) scored a 1.9.
Now for a bit of irony: the poem of mine that at least one critic bashed for its archaic language, the poem of mine that received a low overall rating over on the Every Day Poets site, "Winter Crows" (published in Every Day Poets, March 10, 2009) scored a 2.2. Could the relatively high score be due to the fact that it's one of my rare forays into mainstream poetry? Hmm...
Guess again! Another of my mainstream works, "Life's Waning Season" (published in Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010), scored a -4.1!
I even tried a couple of poems by other poets. I went with two of my favourites: Poe's "The Raven", and Blake's "The Tyger". Both scored a 0.5.
I'm calling "bullshit!" on this poetry assessor!
Of course, the poetry snob who (while in the midst of a drunken tirade) called me a poetaster might actually agree with the assessor's assessment of my poetry. wink