We spend a lot of time on Twitter. (We’re Tweetspeak Poetry, right?) In fact, we figure we read thousands of tweets every month. One of the things poetry and Twitter have in common (when done well) is an economy of words. Sometimes, it so happens we read a tweet and say to ourselves, “That’s poetry.” It’s Twitter Poetry. Maybe it didn’t even mean to be a poem, but it’s a poetic thing all the same. It’s a way of using words well.
We want to take notice.
Here are ten of the best poetic tweets we’ve seen in the last few weeks:
#tanka #5lines #micropoetry Use scoop and plastic bag to pick up clichés.
— Scott Reid (@apwpoet) January 7, 2014
He wished he had an interesting face. He turned his head upside down. Promising. — George Szirtes (@george_szirtes) January 8, 2014
sipping angst through a straw at her leisure the waiter offers a refill #micropoetry #5lines — Eusebeia Philos (@Eusebeia_Philos) January 8, 2014
just before sleep I listen to time his bony fingers tapping to the rhythm of himself #tanka #micropoetry
— Davey (@haikutauren) January 6, 2014
#tanka #micropoetry how I would have stayed eight forever if I had known how fast twenty-one turned into fifty-five
— Coyote (@CoyoteSings) January 8, 2014
all the dust that’s swept into the world’s wind and the particle that is me #micropoetry #tanka
— Frank Watson (@FollowBlueFlute) January 4, 2014
In his rocking chair he goes back and forth on whether she was right. #5lines #micropoetry
— Slym Being (@AsSlimAsImBeing) January 20, 2014
rippling tide— the middle-aged client asks me to remove all her wrinkles in Photoshop #5lines — cyndi m (@LA_mojo) February 2, 2014
We could hear her open door policy slam shut. #5lines #micropoetry — Slym Being (@AsSlimAsImBeing) January 31, 2014
all these people flooding the train silvery skin on faces turning into cellphones #tanka#micropoetry
— Davey (@haikutauren) January 23, 2014
Photo by Allspice1, Creative Commons license via Flickr.
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How fun…the first one made me chuckle as a dog owner, who carries bags with me, for pick up…Thanks 🙂