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