Poets Share Their Favorite Sad, Celebratory, Nostalgic Poems in 140 Characters
Although April is National Poetry Month, March also has a stake in promoting the work of poets. For this purpose, UNESCO created World Poetry Day on March 21. “In today’s world there are unfulfilled aesthetic needs,” the official site explains. “Poetry can meet this need if its social role of interpersonal communication is recognized and it continues to be the means of arousing and expressing awareness.”
Coincidentally, on the topic of interpersonal communication, March 21 was also the day the first ever tweet was fired off into the the tubes of the internet. Twitter, with its limit of 140 characters, is a perfect tool for poets, who are used to working within the economy of language. We’ve asked a few poets to “tweet” us about a poet, poem, or book of poetry that’s currently wrapping around their shiny pink brains.
Lucas de Lima’s “Wet Land” leaves you elbow deep in its bright hole of mourning, river sludge, and deep love, all wild form-shifting bodies.
Carrie Hunter (on Alice Notley’s Secret I D)
Who gets to be savior/usurping the mythology.The arks or orbs.Identity’s I. Identity’s eye. Io/Calliope to bee a witch. butnamesdon’tmatter.
At present, @ carinafinn‘s Lemonworld IS my world. Read it, y’all, get lost in the tutu! KABOOM!
Henri Michaux didn’t want to be circumscribed. He wasn’t. With fists & smarts.
CORRECT ANIMAL by rebecca farivar: tiny, fierce poems that contain enough room for you to feel them, and for them to feel you.
Nostalgia, love & the immortality of youth. Steven Karl’s “Dork Swagger” will bring you back to a time when it was still punk rock to yearn.