Five Poets You Should Be Following on Twitter

Five Poets You Should Be Following on Twitter

It’s the digital era, and even poets are broadcasting their work on Twitter. Rather than simplify the medium, technology provides fertile ground for new and exciting work. Some poets are taking advantage of the seemingly stifling 140 word tweet limit to write tiny poems. Others just use Twitter like the rest of us—to share sweet links and witticisms. Either way, the Twitter poet community is thriving. If you’re a poetically minded Tweeter, here are some feeds you should add right now. (@POETSorg)

The Twitter of the Academy of American Poets, this feed actually alternates between several contributors. All are fantastic poets who have plenty to say about their practice. Their tweets are thought-provoking and often hilarious. 

Anne Shaw (@anneshaw)

Ms. Shaw has embraced Twitter as an outlet for her work. She examines the relationship between private thought and public audience as she posts short, intimate, and elegant tweets. The project may be read as discrete short poems or as one long poem. It’s a challenging kind of poetry, detached from the book and the page, growing over time. She hopes that her readers will retweet and reply, allowing the project to grow through its potential interactivity. 

Ana Bozicevic (@anaonthebranch)

A Croatian poet currently working in the United States, Ms. Bozicevic pens plenty of tongue-in-cheek snippets for her feed. With lines like “the lyrical I is about ready to kick the lyrical you’s ass,” this awesome lady proves that poets need not take themselves so seriously. 

Rob McLennan (@robmclennanblog)

A poet and critic from Ottawa, Mr. McLennan shares plenty of his excellent book  reviews on his Twitter feed. North American (particularly Canadian) poetry aficionados who want to stay in the loop would do well to give his tweets a read.

No Tell Motel (@notell)

Not only can you keep up with one of the best current poetry blogs by following their feed, No Tell Motel also offers plenty of interesting news in the world of poets. They retweet from all over the Twittersphere, sharing awesome links and anecdotes. But it's their own features that make them great--No Tell spotlights one contemporary poet per week, constantly offering some of the freshest work being written today.