“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.” – William Hazlitt
Pretty much says it all.
This is an interesting concept, a reversible poem which is animated and spoken word read over it. Not bad poem though I think it is a tad on the cheesy side. It would be an interesting poetic exercise to do as it is a very specific form of parataxis, just like my Plum Flowers poem only the whole poem is reversible-linear rather then all of the lines being interchangeable. The fact that it is written for the AARP is well…eeeh whatever. Perhaps I would like the poem better if I knew it was not written to win money. Either way the poem “works.”
I have created a new incarnation of my Perpetual Poem on Twitter which is now live on Todd Pitt.com and can be accessed from the Digital Poetry Page or directly here @ Perpetual Poem. Everytime you go back to the poem it will render dynamically and change in real time, so everytime you go back you will experience a different (most recent) slice of the poem. You can always click on “Read More” in the bottom right hand side of the page if you want to view the full text. The hard URLs for the project:
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/perpetualpoem
Perpetual Poem – http://toddpitt.com/content/perpetualpoem/index.html
Eventually I am going to add more elements into this eternal twitter poetry micro-blog poem, to deepen the experience, but for now I really like it! Let me know what you think? If there are other twitter poems that you like drop a link and I will check it out.
My perpetual poem seems to be growing along with twitter poetry day after day. And just in case you did not know more people are joining twitter everyday, discovering twitter poetry, and the many different forms it is taking on.
This is a screenshot of yet another follower who is discovering that poetry is very much alive on the web and now it is living in ways that were nver possible or existed before the creation of Twitter (a micro-blogging service).
Several months ago I started an endeavor I called “Perpetual Poem” as I was starting to see smatterings of poetry trickling onto Twitter. Well while I have been busy working on more “professional” things the twitter poetry has turned into a full blown torrent with all kinds of twitter Haiku or as they call them now “Twaiku.” I had a feeling that the haiku form would blow up on Twitter because of the 140 character limit and /’s could be used to indicate line breaks. Looks like I was really right!
So you can expect a video blog entry about Twitter as it’s own social poetic form, a new media-um for dynamic and convergent poetry some time in the near future.
“Keep a poem in your pocket, a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely, at night when your in bed.” – Todd Pitt
This is the first poem I ever wrote. I wrote it when I was in the second grade. My Mom gave the original paper poem back to me a few years back, so awesome that she saved it for me. This poem has become a mantra that I have gone back to as an adult.