Tweets with Depth: New Age Poets & Writers in Social Media – Micropoetry
Social media tends to get the rap of being superficial or impersonal, a place to indiscriminately post significant and insignificant details of your experiences and thoughts. It lacks a sort of romanticism writing has when in books, letters, even newspapers. Some would venture to say it often cheapens words and content, as it takes only one click.
New Age poets & writers are breaking this mold, with what is known as micropoetry, most commonly utilizing Twitter to express their beautifully constructed words. They juxtapose something as fantastic and meticulous as poetic writing with something as mundane as a social media site. These writers are inspiring thousands, sometimes even without a firm identity. Do yourself a favor and check these talented writers out. My guess is that their depth will make you question why you thought 140 characters wasn’t enough.
Malanda J., @overlyxclusive
Sharing almost daily from Minneapolis and holding the attention of over 12,000 followers, Malanda J. writes of love, lust, faith, beauty, the search for self, and self-love, and is highly engaged with his followers as well as other writers. There is a hypnotic quality to his writing that his readers find unavoidable and uncommon.
Though he has yet to publish a book of his work, he recently recorded a series of poems called “Many Faces of Her,” which you can listen to here.
wake your soul. sleep your ignorance. open your heart. let your mind roam.
— ₪ (@overlyxclusive) August 2, 2013
whatever ‘love’ is or what you believe it may be. give it freely. never attach value to gold because once you put price. worth is lost.
— ₪ (@overlyxclusive) June 3, 2013
Existentrillest, @RachelWolchin Rachel Wolchin, too, writes of love and self-love, as well as self-empowerment, to name a few. Half her writing’s punch lies in her tone. Her confident and direct style empowers her readers to take an active role in their lives, and to never be content with passivity.
Our purpose isn’t to be beginnings, middles, or the end. We’re simply the giving gap that allows anything to start, and anything to end. — EXISTENTRILLEST (@RachelWolchin) December 29, 2013
When you’ve lost your rhythm, listen to your soul. Soon you’ll be hearing it in everything you do. Soon the rhythm will be listening to you. — EXISTENTRILLEST (@RachelWolchin) September 18, 2013
Warsan Shire, @warsan_shire Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who focuses her writing on journey, family, trauma, and love, and draws on English and African culture. What makes her works so compelling is the great emotional depth with which she approaches each subject. In addition to writing, she is a poetry editor at SPOOK Magazine, an activist, and on occasion, an online writing teacher. She is currently based in London. You can purchase her book “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth” here.
YOU ARE TERRIFYING AND STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL, SOMETHING NOT EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO LOVE. — warsan shire (@warsan_shire) September 2, 2012
Read the full poem here.
Vince Wil, @inVinceWil Vince Wil’s writing reads more like a stream of consciousness, as if his readers weave in and out of his brain. He tweets short poems, rather than pieces from larger works, which adds to their playful nature. He embellishes ordinary instances into the complexity they have when we truly observe a moment, unremarkable or significant.
No snow of which to whisper just flurries of chill shooting from spine to night sky We sprayed the blackness exhaling nothingness — [in] Vince Wil. (@inVinceWil) December 27, 2013
It was the leaky spigot neither of us had the willpower to get out of bed to tighten, the rhythm of the silence we could dance to
— [in] Vince Wil. (@inVinceWil) December 27, 2013