Twitter and Poetry

Howdy! I’ve just joined Twitter, making me one of the last people on Earth to do so. If you are also a Twitter (Tweeter? Twitterer? Twit?), you should follow me! @joshoclast  . Also if someone could explain to me how Twitter works, that would be lovely.Twitter_logo.svg

Last week I wrote an article on “The Poetry of Game Development”. It’s very good. Anyway, I couldn’t help noticing that the tag that brought the most traffic to my blog was “Poetry”, even though I didn’t write any poetry at all. So, partly out of the guilt I feel for conning poetry lovers onto my blog by using the rascally metaphorical use of the word “poetry”, and partly as part of a cunning scheme to increase my viewership, this time I actually will be writing about poetry. Or, more specifically, CYBER-POETRY!

Twitter for example (did you notice my foreshadowing?) is an interesting place for poetry to grow out of the interverse in 140 characters or less. Now, you may be thinking that Twitter is just a place for pre-teens to write about their Justin Bieber obsessions with atrocious grammar, and that’s mostly true. But here’s a cool twitter bot thing called @Pentametron. Basically it finds random tweets that happen to be written in iambic pentameter and groups them into rhyming couplets. Plus it sort of sounds like a Decepticon. It makes for some pretty cool reading, worth checking out!

Whew, I almost forgot about my obligatory pop-culture reference.
Whew, I almost forgot about my obligatory pop-culture reference.

Micropoetry is a whole new movement apparently, with all sorts of competitions and contributors from across the web working to make some slick rhymes in the shortest amount of characters possible. Haikus are growing in popularity on Twitter @twaiku. It’s definitely something that’s likely to grow and grow in the coming years, as brevity is becoming the key to expression. There are pros and cons I guess, but more people becoming in involved in poetry can only be a good thing.

If you missed it before here’s some code poetry. This is a form that I would definitely love to see more of.