There’s a lot of poetry on the internet. So much, in fact, that people are finally beginning to sit up and take notice. But the truly interesting thing is beyond that a bit: poetry doesn’t sit idly by as a new medium comes into its own. Like a scrappy bacterium, poetry evolves, adapts, and takes on a new shape to fit its new environment. All over the internet, new forms of poetry are taking shape, and old ones are finding new homes.
Take one of the oldest forms of poetry as an example: the haiku. These beauties of brevity have been around for quite a while, and I’m sure many of you remember working out the 5-7-5 syllable structure in grammar school. But lately these tiny verses have found an internet niche. The popular social networking site Twitter, which has a 140-character limit for all posts, abounds with posts as haiku. If you search Twitter for “#haiku” you’ll be deluged with folks who find that this particularly poetic art-form has them all… well… atwitter. There are even Twitter accounts, like @haiQ, that only post in haiku form.
Twitter users took
A most ancient form of verse
And crafted it anew