Did you guys know there are five Wednesdays in January this year? That means one more round of accidental Twitter haiku. You can find past installments here:
This week, I found haiku about hate tweets, CNN, kid actors and the Papa John’s guy. Enjoy!
We’re back with more accidental Twitter haiku! If you’re new here, you can read an introduction to the project and see part 1 by clicking here.
Aubrey Hirsch is the author of Why We Never Talk About Sugar, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared widely in journals like PANK, American Short Fiction, Hobart, Third Coast, The Pinch Journal, and elsewhere. You can learn more about her at www.aubreyhirsch.com and she tweets as @aubreyhirsch.
About ten years ago I had the great pleasure of hearing Billy Collins give a reading. During his between-poem banter, he talked about conditioning himself to listen for haiku that occur in everyday conversation. That is, listening for bits of speech that just happen to be 17 syllables in length. Fascinated, I similarly trained my own ear to recognize haiku in unexpected places.
Now that I’ve spent some time on Twitter, I’ve discovered that the 140-character limit lends itself perfectly to haiku. There are Twitter accounts that specialize in tweeting carefully-crafted haiku, but I prefer the spontaneous, accidental versions—those beautiful 17-syllable chunks of language that the tweeter doesn’t even know she’s producing.
Poets.org offers this handy primer on haiku, noting that, although many of the rules of traditional haiku have been relaxed, “the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.” Continue reading