Now that Twitter has become the next “It” thing, I feel the need to profess that I joined in July 2008, way before it was cute. Lately though, all kinds of people have been making twitter useful (and not just Oprah and Ashton Kutcher).
In particular, writers and poets have really developed a knack for twitter. I argue it’s because 140 characters means you have to be concise and clever. Recently, Mashable posted a list of the 100 “Best” Authors on Twitter. The problem is that they left out poets entirely. Fortunately, Collin Kelley posted a list of poets who tweet. It’s been quite a hit. All kinds of poets have been coming out of the woodwork and getting in touch with one another.
With that being said, I wanted to mention that Collin Kelley and Didi Menendez are co-editing a special issue of OCHO that features work by poets from his list. (I’m on there!) If you are on the list as well, go here for more info.
Needless to say, this is just another example of how the internet is changing what it means to be a published poet in 2009. Crazy, huh?