Poets Share Their Favorite Sad, Celebratory, Nostalgic Poems in 140 Characters

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.

Gina Abelkop
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.

Tim Jones-Yelvington
At present, @ carinafinn‘s  Lemonworld IS my world. Read it, y’all, get lost in the tutu! KABOOM!

Rauan Klassnik
Henri Michaux didn’t want to be circumscribed. He wasn’t. With fists & smarts.

Carrie Murphy
CORRECT ANIMAL by rebecca farivar: tiny, fierce poems that contain enough room for you to feel them, and for them to feel you.

Nicole Steinberg
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.

Jordan Scott
Jordan Scott has worked as a designer and web manager for years, leading projects in web design, magazine layout, and print media. He has championed many organizations and artists through processes of brand growth. He is the editor of the Brooklyn-based literary magazine Moonshot, and writes under the name JD Scott. His publications include Night Errands (YellowJacket Press, 2012) and Funerals & Thrones (Birds of Lace, 2013).


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