Rime of the social networker

So poetry is hitting the twitter world, what could it look like?  ………..

140 Characters

One hundred and forty characters/
including spaces/
in search of an author/
Pirandello himself would be pleased/
punch pleased/
picture his face.

One hundred and forty characters/
modern-day tanka/
no structure/
no form/
just the one limitation/
140 characters/
no more no less.

Maybe there’s room for a humble quatrain/
squeezing the meaning into four lines/
from superfluous words you must refrain/
just finish in rhyme.







A sonnet/
too long/
you’re wrong/
I’m on it
King Kong/
on high/
now gone/
World sighed/
Kong dead/
but why?/
Think on it/
The sonnet!

#hashtag trending/
tweets for sending/
thoughts defending/
bridges mending/
just pretending/
happy ending!

16th July 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Rime of the social networker.”  Poetry in 140 characters? Twitter poetry (also known as “twihaiku” or “micropoetry”) is still in its early stages, but could it bring poetry back to the forefront of the modern world? “I think Twitter poems will become a new form, the modern-day version of the haiku,” says Chloe Garner, artistic director of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. “Poets love writing to different forms, even just as a way of exercising the poetic muscles.”  The director of the Poetry Society, Judith Palmer, says: “There’s a renewed interest in the form of British poetry at the moment and the constraints of the 140-character limit play to that, in the same way as the 14 lines of the sonnet or the 17 syllables of the haiku. Twitter poems tend to be playful and are often collaborative, but they’re also good for ‘Imagist’-style observation, or philosophical musing. They can reach a wide audience in moments but they’re also ephemeral, evaporating pretty as the Twitter-feeds roll relentlessly on.”


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