Tweet Us Your Best, Whether Dark Or In Jest, Poems Up To 140, And We'll Do The Rest
We're a week into National Poetry Month. And if you followed our haiku-heavy Super Bowl coverage, you can bet we're not letting April slip by without a nod to the art of the verse.
All Things Considered is asking listeners to help us indulge in the annual affair. Twitter may have expanded its character limit, but we're asking you to play by our original rules: Send us your original 140-character poems with #NPRpoetry.
Those bounds should offer a suitable framework for you to cook up something "meaty and delightful," insists Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. "Usually, I write a poem and I end up taking about 30 percent away," Smith tells NPR's Michel Martin. If poetry is a compact language, Twitter's character limit presents a perfect canvas to exploit the literary form.
Fill our feeds with your haikus, tankas, limericks and the nonsensical, and we'll feature some of our favorite bite-sized verses online and on the air.
Many of you have already answered the call. Here's an early sprinkling of your work:
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crow caw— Susan Barry-Schulz (@suebarryschulz) April 6, 2018
Dandelions— JoyAnne O'Donnell (@JoyAnneODonnell) April 6, 2018
blown from our hearts
of great thoughts.#NPRpoetry pic.twitter.com/8dBiEqJzd8
#NPRpoetry— RickR (@_RickReid_) April 1, 2018
Consider the snail,
with its head and its tail
Beneath a shiny shell.
So stylish and snug
that its cousin the slug
Is envious as hell.
My mother had so many secrets.— Leigh (@TalGrl58) April 1, 2018
She expected us to hide them.
I don’t think it qualified as abuse.
But it was hard not to tell.#NPRPoetry
@npratc #NPRpoetry— Sari Grandstaff (@Haikutopia) April 6, 2018
in my office cubicle
I log on