Every poem I have ever written exist in a digital version. In November 2007 I registered on twitter without having any idea of its use. I tried to write small notes, I tweeted about music, but had really no clue on what it could be good for. But on March 10, 2011 I wrote my first poem. Some kind of syllable counting made me believe that I could build myself some listeners.
I started interacting, I found out about #artwiculate, and got pulled into the world of social networking. A world where you had to write something about a new word each day. I tried to be witty, I tried to be poetic. I practiced writing forms you can fit into 140 characters: limericks, haiku, tanka. I was pulled into twitter wars and got many friends online. What I learned most was probably not poetry but that poetry is all about interaction.
With a couple of friends from twitter I got into writing collaborative poems, and started a blog. Soon I moved my writing from twitter to my blog, and found the beauty of prompts. Now I know I write for the love of words and for love of the world. I write to learn and to inspire; to improve myself. Most of all I find that poetry for me is social more than solitude.
Today Toni wants us to tell us why we write poetry and how it all started at dVerse. My history is brief, and it actually exists online which is amazing. It took some search to find, and it’s not my best poetry you can find on my early tweets, but I still found it fun.
March 19, 2018
Super! I never knew you started out as a Twitter artist. I like learning that!
Ha.. amazing that I could find it… but a few of my best micro poems are only on twitter… maybe I should document them all.
That sounds like a good idea. On FB there is a group that specializes in posting micropoetry. It is fun to read the offerings.
An old tweep of mine has started one too…
I love the way you have presented this haibun, Bjorn, and I always enjoy learning new things about fellow poets.I didn’t discover Twitter and WordPress until I after retired in 2014 and I’ve posted something pretty much every day since July 2015, From what I’ve read so far this evening, we all write for the love of words. That;’s why our community flourishes.
I think you would have loved Artwiculate when it was at its peak… so many fun stories around that…. I used to say goodmorning to every day to my friends in Australia… and I have met a few IRL.
I would agree. The interaction of blogging and writing poetry is fantastic. It allows one to share with the world and to listen to what comes back to you. So many interesting people cross paths on the blog.
I know that when I travel there is a poet in every town…
It amazes me that you only started writing so recently, in your poetry it always seems as if you have been writing forever.
I have compensated by writing a lot 🙂
Twitter is a good place to post very small poems. Finding a good prompt isn’t always easy though.
Amazing that you can still find these haiku in your twitter Bjorn! Was never into twitter but I do see the need for poems to be so sparse and only a few words. I agree with you about writing for social interaction, rather than solitude.
This is a fascinating read – I found myself agreeing with your thoughts on why we write poetry.
Poetry is about interaction….and that is really what humans are about. It’s a way we survive.
and we are all the richer because of it 🙂 I started late 2010 I think it was. Magpie Tales – a few awkward poems and ones I am not so proud of early on but… I leave them on my blog as it has been a journey. I am all “on line” as well. I have made a few books using Apple – but I need to print them all out and safeguard them.
I didn’t know that about you. How funny that we write intimately about ourselves, and yet know so few details.
I’ve enjoyed your writing and especially the haiku. It is a form I’ve yet to be able to wield and it makes me even more fond of the writing of those who do write it well.
I have been so busy I have not been following my favorite poetry blogs. Thanks for calling me back.
What an amazing trajectory. I keep meaning to explore twitter, but it’s too much like hard work. You write with such assurance.
It makes sense that poetry should be social rather than solitude. It is a form of communication.
I think that you enjoy it, is what is important.
love this: I write for the love of words and for love of the world
poetry is all about interaction.
I cannot agree more. so much adoration for those haikus you wrote.
lovely post my friend – keep on keeping on!
I enjoyed your story, Bjorn. Amazing that you are a poet-come-lately, you write so well. Lucky are we to have a community of like-minded wordaholics!
Beautiful haibun. You definitely captured the spirit of interaction.
The way you tell it……Like you are talking for all poets, wonderful.
I love hearing how others came to poetry. I am not on Twitter or Facebook, but Robert Brewer of Poetics Aside at Writers Digest, has really inspired me to write and share.
Lovely to hear how you started and your poetical journey to date. Here’s to much more.