I’m fascinated by this whole twitter poetry thing (I guess the proper blog terminology would be “meme” or “trope”). Scotty at Earth-House-Hold explained today how he constructs a twit-aiku in this post. It’s a different process than I use. When I learned in high school to write (or attempt) haiku, I started out with a thought fragment, wrote the basic three lines, then went back and edited for the proper length. I find myself approaching twitter-ku or twit-aiku in the same manner.
Thus far — with my grand total of 4 twitter poems to my oeuvre — I’ve more frequently had to add words to reach the character count than pare down. I also look at the time sense, trying to keep the images in the present. I don’t want moon, june, loon rhymes either!
I’m delighted that people seem to like the twitter-kus I’ve posted: it has stirred the old poetry-writing juices and next thing you know I’ll be turning out sonnets and odes!