Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reversible Poetry from Twitter: Your Brain on Self-Branding

A Brand Named Human
By Nordette N. Adams

People play.
See me when you try to care how I see.
See you when you stop
chasing fame.
See me when you learn my name
Stop tripping 'cuz
I'm deep!

Lost to you and the games,
I'm deep under midnight
in what you call blue funk
Howling in my soul's blues trunk
after hanging low to weep
See you when I rise for air.

See me.

See me when I rise for air
after hanging low to weep,
howling in my soul's blues trunk
in what you call blue funk.
I'm deep under midnight.

Lost to you and the games,
stop tripping 'cuz
I'm deep!
See me when you learn my name,
chasing fame.
See you when you stop.
See me when you try to care how I see.
People play.

© 2010 Nordette N. Adams

Sometimes on Twitter, I don't concern myself with people but the interface itself and how writing fiction or poetry that's longer than 140 characters might be read on the micro-blogging site. People's tweets sometimes are read out of context, and I've seen those kinds of readings start arguments. The person who's been misunderstood will usually tweet to the person picking the fight, "That's not what I meant when I said XYZ. Read my Twitter stream!" And then if the person does, what does he or she see?

A seasoned Twitter member knows to read the tweets backwards in order of the time they were twittered, but someone unfamiliar with Twitter may look at the tweets and do what comes naturally, read from the top down. If it's a poem that takes up more than one tweet, then what the poet intended--meter, rhyme scheme, meaning or flow in general--may get lost. So, sometimes, like on Twitter yesterday, I experiment with writing poetry that can be read backwards or forwards.

At the moment of writing this poem on Twitter, I was thinking about the tenuous nature of social media and Internet relationships in this era of branding the self, something I think writers should forget about until they actually publish a book or two.

1 comment:

msladyDeborah said...

I am just not into Tweeting that much even though I have an account.

You do raise a valid point about taking time to read the tweets. I've jumped over there and there have been times when it is easy to see there is a serious twittering going on in. Before making any comments I like to try and find out what is really going on.

Maybe in the near future I will spend a week trying to be a serious Tweeter and do all that goes with the medium. But for now I'm content to do a Tweet now and then.