I know, I know. National Poetry Month isn’t until April. Not to mention that some of us think national-anything month can feel like a silly affectation.
But I had to chuckle at this New York Times item about a pre-National-Poetry-Month Twitter poetry contest. This one comes out of the New York Public Library and is titled “Little Poems, big thoughts“.
Here’s my favorite so far by Meg Hurtado:
He said my heart was a refrigerator: cold, retaining, not easy to clean.
I guess Meg’s on a roll, because she had another “love is hell” entry:
I want to witness the homecoming of jellyfish / who know about love / who wear poison like scarves.
These are tweets, so they have to be short. Some are even about books or libraries, like this from Jody Winer:
THE WATER-STAINED LIBRARY BOOK/ What other woman bathing/ cradled these pages/ her laughter splashing?
Note: I do not condone reading library books near splashing water. But it’s fun imagery.
I’ve mostly skipped social media to date, so I have to ask: have there been a lot of Twitter poetry contests? Is it a useful format for poetry? Meanwhile, I adore libraries so I’m happy to see different efforts at engaging the public with library anything.
Of course there’s a thriving mini-literary scene at right here at NCPR. And it’s about time to turn some thought toward those spring haikus!
You can revisit 2006-2010 gems here.
I can’t wait to read this year’s poems, emerging like spring bulbs from the melting snow.