Original post here, by Gina Vaynshteyn.
Since I joined Twitter last year for a class at UConn, I have alternatively been confused, charmed and completely turned off to it as a social media platform. It has probably come to be my favorite of them all, currently, and I believe it’s because as someone who loves words but has the attention span of someone of our digital generation I love the challenge of trying to squeeze something clever, pithy, attention-grabbing, or sometimes just a desperate shout into the void into 140 characters.
I had been thinking of the way social media sites like Twitter might impact the expression of art like poetry and literature when I came across this blog post. Melissa Broder, is a poet experimenting in just such that. She has published collections of poetry in print and now, according to the original post, is Twitter as a creative outlet for poetry. She takes it so seriously she even has an editor for her Tweet poems.
Here are some examples:
For one I think this is awesome, because I love that this new format is challenging her as a poet (in the way a sonnet, haiku form might), and I also love how she is engaging with the language of Twitter, i.e. the lack of capitals, use of “u” and other abbreviations.
However, it does make one wonder where a Tweet moves from an average 140-character thought to a piece of art? Is that possible to judge or measure? Or can anyone with a Twitter now consider themselves a part time digital poet?
You can check out Melissa’s Twitter here, and consider for yourself.