Free poetry by putting it on your cell phones!

Twitter needn’t be inane or just about self-promotion. The great potential of Twitter is that we have once again invented another way of interacting with each other. What’s greater than that is that people are using Twitter to bring poetry into their lives in a whole new way.

One PR problem that poetry faces in this country is that it isn’t a part of people’s everyday lives. The only time poetry is brought to them is when it is on an English class syllabus. Twitter changes that! Poetry can now come to people on their cell phones. What’s even better than all of that?

Haiku is actually an ideal form for Twitter and other microblogging venues for two reasons–it’s compactness and its clear language. To the everyday person who hasn’t seen a poem since they read Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” since high school, haiku looks like it’s meeting them halfway. (“At least it doesn’t rhyme!”)

So they are willing to meet it in the middle. Hence the invention of the “Twaiku” (haiku + Twitter) and a resurgence in the interest of haiku itself.

It doesn’t have to be just about networking or marketing, Twitter can also be a poetic experience.


About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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One Response to Free poetry by putting it on your cell phones!

  1. haikuandy says:

    So true.

    Not only is more haiku being read, more people are writing it. The 5-7-5 form is easy to grasp and write. Haiku is to poetry what Texas Holdem is to poker: a breakthrough for the masses.

    In May 2009, I took up the challenge to tweet an original haiku a day (@haiku_andy). Literally hundreds of haiku later, I’m still at it. It has transformed my life.

    Most amazing of all is how large the Twitter haiku community is. As of this writing, I am a couple of followers short of 500. Of those 500, most are haiku (or “micropoetry”) enthusiasts themselves. I believe that few of them would have taken up this practice without the ready platform that Twitter provides.

    For the poet, Twitter offers instant publication and feedback. Various journals have picked up and republished my haiku, sometimes the same day. As a middle-aged poet accustomed to the “submit and wait” approach, this is most gratifying.

    Thanks, Twitter!

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