The Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis series made its debut in Aberjhani’s Examiner column three years ago when it was established to track developments in the criminal case of the executed Savannah native Davis and the slain (1989) policeman Mark Allen MacPhail. The seventeenth column installment, subtitled 1st Anniversary of the Execution became on September 21, 2012, one of the most referenced articles about Troy Davis on the Internet.
Although the article itself was published on Examiner, the headline link was featured in a Twitter feed of “top links for the subject” in a story by Gemma Puglisi for Huffington Post. It appears in the above screenshot in the bottom right corner. Moreover, the original article has received more than 500 Facebook likes so far (see the screen shot image below).
The article’s popularity came in part because Aberjhani is one of the few known contemporary authors to have written about the Troy Davis/Mark MacPhail case over an extended period of time and possibly the only one from Savannah, Georgia, to have done so. But it also gained some traffic due to the inclusion of the video by well-known television Judge Greg Mathis. In the video, Mathis states in his no-nonsense style that Davis should have received a second trial in light of all the circumstances and he chastises the state of Georgia for having “blood on its hands.”
Web surfers who have written about Aberjhani, translated works by him, or shared links to various posts of his work began to experience something unprecedented in early September 2012. It happened while performing an advance Google search on the term “author-poet.”
In addition to the expected search return of well-known classic authors and poets who fall into this category, the query unexpectedly generated the above image of various historical and contemporary authors described as: “Authors frequently mentioned on the web.” There between William Butler Yeats and Edgar Allen Poe was the famous photograph of Aberjhani taken by celebrated photographer John Zeuli. Others included William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce, and Charles Bukowski.
Aberjhani’s presence was a surprise among these authors because the advanced Google search had been a generic one. It was also surprising because even though his books, articles, and poems are frequently referenced and quoted on the Internet, his titles can be difficult to obtain at local bookstores.
It is likely the image occurred because of Google’s recent consolidation of services, which now allows Google to more precisely identify interests based on previous searches and to slant search results accordingly. While that explanation is thoroughly plausible, the image reminded the Bright Skylark team that since the conclusion of the previous newsletter sent out through the Authors Guild web-hosting service (please see the image below) there has not been an official news outlet to cover news about events, project updates, new releases, or other happenings pertaining to Aberjhani and related Bright Skylark developments.
In addition to serving as a reminder of the deficiency in order that it might be corrected, the gift of the image also seemed like a perfect visual summation of everything Bright Skylark Literary Productions is about and therefore the perfect one to greet readers of this newsletter. First up is a recap of recent articles and poster freebies from Aberjhani followed by a surprise from Ranker.