Traveling the book littered
Trail of Blues
Started in a late 20th century China
Followed by a 2008 Website launch
For a Splendid Concubine
Soon followed by late-night guest spots
On talk radio
Even at midnight for 60 minutes on the X-Hour
There were also a few costumed events in
Bay Area brick-and-mortar bookstores.
Sales were dismal that year.
In 2009, the trail went virtual
To Book Blogs scattered
Across a global Internet
SPAM quickly filled my e-mail in-box
Skyrocketing to new heights
Learning the hard way
We can't please everyone,
The Concubine was
Bashed in Hong Kong
When the Voice O. F. Reason
Of one of five Tangs missing a "g"
Then the Concubine was raped in soggy London
By an anal-retentive grammarian
Pointing out obscure "violated" rules.
Finally came the Midwest Book Review, which offered praise for the Concubine,
and City Weekend Magazine in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou
Said she was a sweaty matrix of destruction and painful birth.
With that under her robe,
The Concubine picked up a few honorable mentions
From San Francisco to Nashville
Then landed a 2010 Finalist position.
Watching Chine closely,
She launched a platform Blog toward orbit early in 2010
Writing a thousand words a day
While writing replies to Spain, Turkey, Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, the UK…
The Concubine stood her ground when she was
Assaulted by the Falun Gong
and attacked by Sinophobes
The Concubine took a closer look at China
and powered her rocket high into the virtual sky
Climbing the Google Heights;
Growing an Alexa ranking.
I wished I'd been there when
The Rock Bottom Remainders
With Steven King, Amy Tan and friends
Sang it best about the Book Promotion Blues,
Which are Stranger than Fiction.