Poetry and social media join forces in April, as Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the Muses and Metaphor series. We'll feature poems exchanged via Twitter by NPR fans — always in 140 characters or fewer. Tweet your poem using the hashtag: #TMMPoetry.
You can read some of our recent favorites via Storify here, or stop and listen to the tweeted poems below.
Poet, writer and performer Holly Bass is the curator of Muses and Metaphor. Host Michel Martin kicked off the series with Bass at the beginning of April and checked in with her mid-month to hear some of her favorite tweets.
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:
We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less and, today, we hear a tweet from Kelly McQuain of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kelly is a poet and an associate professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia and, at one point in time, he worked in the comic book industry as a penciler.
Now, remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. Here's a tweet by Kelly McQuain.
KELLY MCQUAIN: In the Twitter age, the page takes a toll. We download books to mobiles and we're back to scrolls.
MARTIN: And we know that went by pretty fast, so let's hear it again.
MCQUAIN: In the Twitter age, the page takes a toll. We download books to mobiles and we're back to scrolls.
MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Kelly McQuain. If you would like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it in the program this month and the days are winding down, so get busy. Tweet us using the hash tag #TMMPoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to NPR.org and click on the Programs menu to find TELL ME MORE.
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