One of our prompts last semester was to “test the integrity and possible effects of lines, try out as many free verse versions of a prose sentence as you can think of.” Rather than trying to come up with all new poems for the sake of the prompt, I thought it would be more fun to use text that wasn’t necessarily meant to be poetic and turn it into a poem by messing with the line length.
Since I was looking for a collection of short, random source blocks, Twitter seemed like the obvious choice; I scrolled through my tweets from that week and picked a handful to mess with. I used the provided hashtags as titles (for those that had them) and created hashtag titles for those that didn’t. I messed with case a little bit but left the words exactly as they were and, other than removing any emoticons, I only made minor punctuation changes.
Overall I like how the poems came out, but some definitely worked better than others. I found it interesting how you could change the rhythm of the statement in drastic ways just by cutting a thought short or letting it run on.
Original tweet: wha? It’s fruit juice mixed with sparkling water and it helps with my thirst just fine
it’s fruit juice mixed with sparkling water
it helps MY thirst
Original tweet: Should be doing homework but I’m wiped so I’m gonna go to bed and yell at myself in the morning for being lazy #itslikeicanseethefuture
should be doing homework
I’m gonna go to bed and yell at myself
in the morning
for being lazy
Original tweet: My friend and I laughed hysterically & saw actual past behavior echoed in the main characters’. Clearly we are the target demographic. #Paul
my friend and I laughed
saw actual past behavior
in the main characters’.
Original tweet: Gaa! “… as compelling AS yesterday’s”… Stupid thumbs! Learn English more gooder! You’re embarrassing me
“as compelling AS yesterday’s”
Learn English more gooder…
You’re embarrassing me