In May 2013, I started an experiment. I began posting Twitter poems once a day. If you know anything about #Twitter, in those days there was a strict character limit of 140 characters on every tweet. So you had to be careful to say what you needed to say in that short space. I got fairly good at it.
Here's the first Twitter poem I published on May 1, 2013:
May Day, May Day
Is a hey day
Okay, that's not much. But what do you expect from a medium whose big idea is to think small?
I kept this experiment going through 2015. One month in--on June 1, 2013--I started posting three Twitter poems a day. I kept this routine going for quite some time. The first poem in June that year read:
away the day
I should have
lit up the night
I later started publishing my Twitter poems into e-books and sold them on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. They're still available at these venues for folks who like to read e-books. The first of these was titled "A Twitterific Year." Here's the cover (copyright owned by yours truly):
Prior to starting that experiment, I had published poems on Twitter sporadically using the #twitpoem hashtag, which I created. That hashtag is still being used, though I haven't used it for a number of years.
I founded the hashtag in 2009. In 2011, I published my first Twitpoem e-book titled, creatively, "Twitter Poems." The cover is nothing to speak of, primarily because I did it myself.
Here's a small sampling of poems from that first Twitter poem e-chapbook:
Find fools goad
Chasing chickens is a game
ah, but to catch them
now that's insane
I need what we all need:
Love that lies,
And a fresh cup of coffee
If you look for a common thread that runs through these Twitter poems, from the time I started publishing them in 2009 to the time I stopped in 2015, I don't think you'll find it. Some of them are silly, some are serious; some tackle themes of love while others go after politics or life in general. The breadth of topics addressed in them runs the gamut of what you'll find in all of literature. And some of them are simply word games, like this one from "Twitpoems":
Image copyrighted by Allen Taylor
Once this caught on, I began to publish these Twitter poem electronic chapbooks monthly. I did this for a while until publishing the bigger, more comprehensive full-sized e-book of Twitter poems "A Twitterific Year." It truly is, as the name suggests, a full year's worth of Twitter poems. A thousand of them in one volume, including many that were only published in that book.
Yep, this is my own creation, as well.
Here's a sampling from Dinkle Dorkle:
Dinkle Dorkle wore a snorkle everywhere he went
And when he broke it he bespoke, "It isn't worth a cent!"
I'm at a loss for words
speaking to the birds
tomorrow we'll speak
beak to beak
creature to creature.
The poems are all numbered, not titled. That's pretty obvious, I think. But you should know the numbering system is per book, so every book has a #1, a #3, and a #30. Each of the chapbooks represents a month of Twitter poems. The big one represents a year.
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While you're here, check out the backside 5 (my five latest posts):
- Farmpunk Fiction Contest #3
- Crypto Digest: Don't Leave Me Hanging on the End of a Yo-Yo
- Comedy Open Mic Round #29: Enter The Man Cave But Don't Enter the Man
- Farmpunk Fiction Contest #2 Winner
- My Ground, Air, and Water Adventures With Nathen
And some poetry:
- If I May Take Thy Hand
- I Like War & Piano
- Battlefield Confession & Life
- Love and War
- Breakfast Talk
- We All Sing America Now
- Nocturne: Battlefield Sonnet
- 20 Acres
- The Journeymaker's First and Last Hope
- Old Goth
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