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Jul 30

Poetry Roundup #3 – Poetweets

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

#ilikemyjuicejustfine

wha?
it’s fruit juice mixed with sparkling water
and
it helps MY thirst
just fine


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

#itslikeicanseethefuture

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


Original tweet: My friend and I laughed hysterically & saw actual past behavior echoed in the main characters’. Clearly we are the target demographic. #Paul

#paul
my friend and I laughed
hysterically
and
saw actual past behavior
echoed
in the main characters’.
clearly
we
are
the
target
demographic.


Original tweet: Gaa! “… as compelling AS yesterday’s”… Stupid thumbs! Learn English more gooder! You’re embarrassing me 😛

#shamedthumbs

gaa!
“as compelling AS yesterday’s”

Stupid.
Thumbs.
Learn English more gooder…
You’re embarrassing me

4 comments

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  1. -the mama

    This was a fun idea!

  2. -the mama

    The stupid thumbs sounded like me.

  3. Kim Reinking

    Is this Sarah Chavis who attended UC Davis? I would love to catch up with you.

    -Kim

    1. thegoblin

      Yes?

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