Orthometry has been up a month. It has 17 followers and more than 120 posts (almost all of which are reblogs of poetry). Tonight the blog broke 500 “likes” which inspired me to write this short note. To each of you: your work helps me think about words and wordsmithing. I have especially been looking at Don McLean’s lyrics in the old classic “American Pie.” These have come to the forefront again for (at least) three reasons: (1) McLean’s original notes (16 pages), which had been held in a vault for years, were recently auctioned for over a million dollars; (2) we all knew that the first part of the song is about the death of Buddy Holly (and more, since McLean points out that, in his opinion, this ended the 1950’s and heraled a major shift in direction for the United States), but we (most of us) did NOT know that the “Jester” in the song was meant to be Bob Dylan; (3) Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time a lyrcist has done so for popular songs.
The intricate twists and turns of “American Pie” remind me of the ever so nuanced “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. I can see, now, that this is truly a remarkable work.
Thanks, again, for the 500+ likes and your wonderful content!