In 2009 I undertook an experiment publishing Twitter poems. I called them Twitpoems and created the #twitpoem hashtag for that purpose. The concept was real simple.
Poems consisted of 140 characters or less. At the end of each virtual line I add a / to designated to readers that there would be a line break if they were reading the poem in print. // represented a stanza break. So a Twitpoem would look like this:
This is a poem/that I wrote/for you.//I hope you like it.
Then I’d add the #twitpoem hashtag at the end.
It seems silly, but I had fun writing these for several months. Then I decided to publish them as e-books. So I did. But when I converted the Twitpoems to the page, I took out the / and // marks and created actual line and stanza breaks. Initially, they were published in PDF and available through the World Class Toolbar. I am now beginning to publish them for the Kindle, Nook, and other electronic reading devices.
Which brings me to the subject of this blog post. “Dinkle Dorkle And Other Nut Cases” is now available at Smashwords for free. You can also get it at Amazon. Though the chapbook isn’t free at Amazon, it will become free once Amazon discovers the book is free at Smashwords, so give it a day or two. Of course if you own a Kindle, then you can get the book at Smashwords in the .mobi format, which you can read on your Kindle.
So here it is. 30 poems. 140 characters max, each. Silly, whimsical, and wacky. By yours truly. And did I say they’re free? What are you waiting for?
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