Thursday, March 26, 2009

And now...Twittered poetry

By Ben Okri.

One line a day. (right now, line 2 is up).

Previously on Twitter, Shakespeare*, who probably doesn't know his prince is on Facebook.

And talking about Hamlet...**

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*via Linkastic from some time ago
**via Feanor

11 comments:

km said...

I can see how the "form" of 140 characters can suit certain styles of poetry, but I still think it's a gimmicky idea.

You know what would work on Twitter? Doctor's prescriptions.

Fëanor said...

KM: Not really, because you aren't supposed to be able to read a doctor's prescription, no?

Anil said...

Somehow of all the networking sites that I know of I dislike twitter the most...it seems like the ultimate dumbing down tool that will cut short already minuscule attention spans and increase the hunger for instant information fixes.

But hey what do I know? This might actually help poetry reach a wider audience.

km said...

Feanor: You are right. I would prefer if my MD prescribed on MySpace. Most pages there are unreadable.

Anil: This might actually help poetry reach a wider audience.

That's the same school of thought which gave us gems like "Reader's Digest Condensed Classics" :D

blackmamba said...

next you are going to look down upon me for having discovered McSweeney's only 2 days ago. that is when I got a copy of no.18 of their collected stories on a books, music (and cat) giveaway party.

but, I just </3 twitter.

heh @ Hamlet on FB.

did you see the Rushdie fb parody on UB?

Space Bar said...

km/feanor: not sure why i posted the damn thing. it's all too frightful. the okri, i mean.

i'd rather try to decipher a doc's prescription. bet i'd be pretty damned good at it too.

anil: what km said. and hi! you done with that film?

bm: mcsweeneys is giving away cat? does he know? and yes, saw that rushdie-fb thing. :D

blackmamba said...

oops, I typo-ed.

I meant, I grabbed a copy of mcsweeney's at a party a friend was throwing. the party was a to give away books, music and his cat. The cat, obviously, only for a month before the cat-owner found a new home on the other coast.

Anil said...

Hello! Unfortunately not yet. First, our producer was busy and now when he has time apparently due to the elections mania and a spurt in naxalite activity it is not a good time to visit the area where we were planning to do the shoot. Maybe once the elections are over it can be restarted.

Cheshire Cat said...

I feel "twitter" has too many syllables for our fast-paced long. "tw" might work better...

equivocal said...

Isn't the Okri poem atrocious? Not the best advertisement for this supposedly new form...

Space Bar said...

cat: not 'twit'?

equivocal: i stopped reading after the first two lines. who needed to read more to know it was going to get worse?