Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Harper's Index and poetry

You can now search the famous Harper's Index!  Here are the results for a search on the word "poetry."

11/93  Number of poems included in The Best American Poetry 1993 that rhyme: 1
-- Harper’s research

9/95  Number of California library books of modern American poetry from which pages have been reported stolen this year: 250
-- Karen Gillette, Foothill College (Los Altos, Calif.)

8/96  Minimum price of a line of Al Kracht’s custom poetry, from Limerick Lane Poetryworks of Chappaqua, New York: $7
-- Limerick Lane Poetryworks (Chappaqua, N.Y.)

7/97  Lines of Walt Whitman poetry entered as evidence last year in New York’s dispute with New Jersey over Ellis Island: 37
-- Attorney General’s Office (Trenton, N.J.)

8/97   Letters of complaint the show received about an episode in which her son goes camping with Walt Whitman: 94
-- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Agoura, Calif.)

10/07  Number of copies a book of poems must sell per week to make the Poetry Foundation’s bestseller list: 50

Pictured: Cover from a hundred years ago; not sure if it's legal to post an image of the current incarnation

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