... were astonishing. For several hours, "Material" was at number three in Amazon's Poetry Bestsellers list, behind the children's classics Each Peach Pear Plum and Winnie the Pooh. It stayed in the top five until lunchtime on Saturday, and since all the books above it were either children's poetry or not poetry at all (Machiavelli's The Prince), for a good 24 hours "Material" was the #1 bestselling book of poetry for adults in the UK!
Its ranking in all books shot up from 413,000 to 735 at its peak, and remained in the top 1000 for 36 hours. It only slipped out of the Poetry top 100 on Sunday evening.
So an enormous thank you is due to every single person who contributed to the incredible success of this experiment. I was utterly stunned at the results. It was heartwarming to watch the combined goodwill of so many friends temporarily bump a one-year-old poetry book to the highest reaches of the poetry firmament; high enough for me to crack open a bottle of champagne (I don't need much of an excuse, to be honest). Deep, deep gratitude to everyone who helped make Friday the best Poetry Commitment Day yet.
Now what shall I do next year?