In any case, here is the poem I wrote and first published on Twitter together with the photo I took while standing in line.
Now once again
I've returned to
The scene of
In line at Staples
Except this time
I manage to go through
With the purchase
I imagine some of you well might think - it's not much of a poem. And no doubt that's quite true. But please bear in mind the circumstances under which it was written. And also please take a moment to read the poem I wrote immediately prior to this (which you can read by clicking here) to which this poem directly relates if not answers. So in a sense I suppose it may be cheating slightly - as this poem is formally constrained to being 140 characters or less but it does in part derive meaning by reference to a slightly longer prior poem. (In fact Haiku originally developed in a very similar manner through a tradition of linked short poems known as Renku or Renga - so there is even good historical precedent for that poetic business model as well!)
In any case, whether it's a good poem or not is utterly besides the point. What is of note here is that I have made a discovery for myself. It's such a good idea I wouldn't be surprised if there aren't a number of other poets out there exploring similarly how to really use Twitter instead of continuing to resist it. So far I have only seen poets using Twitter in the usual ways - as a means of self-promotion, casual banter or snide asides. But getting beyond such banalities there is no reason we can't someday hope to see a genre of poetry spring up here too, like a modern day version of Haiku or better yet Renku! A new journal or two from some hipsters in Brooklyn is surely soon to follow and what more after that do you suppose? Just wait until next week ...
|Poem Written in Line While Waiting at Staples