Twitterization Nation

Welcome to
Twitterization Nation!

 

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What time is it?  It’s our August Guest Poet premier!  Each day enjoy a poem by one of our guest poets!  A perfect way to end the summer!

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Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017
Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Poetry & other voices in roughly 140 characters (give or take, when needed)…
If you have the attention span of a goldfish… you’ve been Twitterized!

“RT @Shelley6 #BreakfastWithBea” by CHARIKA SWANEPOEL

RT @Shelley6 #BreakfastWithBea


In the space between us
rises a silence so sound-full
it shocks the waitress.
She too, can feel the pull
that slams this coffin shut.



Bio:

CHARIKA SWANEPOEL is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-20-2017 (evening)


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“#21stCenturyBlues” by CHARIKA SWANEPOEL

#21stCenturyBlues

 

Language fails in every single way,
and we fail differently every day
when we speak, write and weep.
The trick, I think, is to fail
beautifully from time to time.


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

 


Bio:

CHARIKA SWANEPOEL is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-20-2017


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“On first looking back” by CHARIKA SWANEPOEL

On first looking back

 

Coleridge had his Albatross, however violently,
Wordsworth his pilgrim of the sky,
Keats his immortal Nightingale and
Shelley his Sky-Lark blithe.
What they would think, I wonder,
of our petite Mountain Bluebird,
mouthpiece of the world
Tweeting in a human voice?


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

CHARIKA SWANEPOEL is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-19-2017 (evening)


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“You are now online” by CHARIKA SWANEPOEL

You are now online


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

 


Bio:

CHARIKA SWANEPOEL is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-19-2017


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE CONFESSIONS · 2017” by CHARIKA SWANEPOEL

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE
CONFESSIONS · 2017

 

Your Favourite:

 

Virtue

Sincerity in all things.

Qualities in a man

A good sense of humour.

Qualities in a woman

Elegant strength.

Occupation

The mirror twins Poetry and Palaeoanthropology.

Colour and flower

Shades of deep purple and blue. I adore Calla Lilies.

Prose authors

Aislinn Hunter, Neil Gaiman, Julian Barnes, I don’t know, really.
I’m made more for the poetry to be honest.

Poets

W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot Judith Wright and at the moment, Don Paterson.

Painters and composers

Sandro Botticelli and Mozart, of course.

Heroes in real life

Michel Houellebecq, for still being alive.

Heroines in real life

I have mommy issues.

Heroes in fiction

The surprising kind.

Heroines in fiction

The kind that spare me the propriety.

Motto

Without Contraries is no progression.

Your idea of Happiness

Constant rebirth.

Your idea of misery

Constant rebirth.

If not yourself, who would you be?

I think I might like to be the American actress Katey Sagal.

Where would you like to live?

Ireland or Italy or maybe right here.

Your pet aversion

An awful voice.

Fault you most tolerate

Shedding ones skin too often.


Click to view the PDF version of Swanepoel’s PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

CHARIKA SWANEPOEL is a South African poet, writer and literary scholar. She is naturally concerned with issues of ontological richness and complexity. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in English poetry at the North-West University where she is also lecturing academic literacy.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-18-2017


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“In Those Last Days” by RICHARD GREEN

In Those Last Days

 

In those last days
before the last kingdom
became a mine of souls and silver,

a plumed prophet
sat upon his golden throne
and dreamed his dream of Kulkulkan.

Can we conjure up a time
when forests held us tight
and our dreams were quetzal green

and the nights were jaguar dark,
when time was not an arrow
but a round

and stars held the promise
of eternity?


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

 

Bio: 
RICHARD GREEN writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.

 


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-18-2017


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“This is the Day that the Lord has Made” by RICHARD GREEN

This is the Day that the Lord has Made

 

This is the day that the Lord has made:
a line from a psalm,
a sentiment on a greeting card,
a statement of mild praise.

Who wants to argue with
That dream image
on a day full of
daffodils and anemones?
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Then I heard the prophet,
a bearded, born-again ex-con,
his raspy voice full of rancor
erupting from his tattooed chest,
bark it out as if it were an order:

This is the day the Lord has made,
stomping in hard leather boots
on daffodils and anemones:
You better like it!

barrel bombs, suicide vests,
genocides, shootouts in schools,
his face a rock cliff
carved by blasting sand,
teeth like ice grinding over granite.

Thank you God!
Can I get an amen?
Amen!


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2016

 

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2016


Note from photographer/artist, Ryan Schaufler: The two photographs provided for this poem are from the 100 man march I participated in last year.  It was a march of (probably more than) 100 men of diverse background and ethnicity.  But, the same in that we were all men of faith that wanted to denounce violence, support a suffering community, and provide a positive presence in a time of great anguish and frustration.  It was a march of peace and prayer.  It was a march to ensure a voice was heard and faces were seen.  

Upon reading this poem, I had two thoughts.  First, was the sadness I feel when hearing hateful voices using words of prayer and faith as a weapon of “strength”, intolerance, and control.  I am saddened to see and hear people with hateful rhetoric in their hearts use words, meant for embarking on a spiritual relationship with God, as a tool for destructive ideological gains.  I am also saddened (yet, oddly enough, comforted) to know there are numerous Biblical examples of men using the name of God as a weapon for personal desire and pride.  In the end, these are not people of God.  They are driven by their own lusts and hateful hearts.  The Bible is filled with countless peaceful prophets that have been martyred by self-righteous bigots and men of power or “law”.  The devil quoted scripture to Jesus in the desert, in an attempt to pull him (the Son of God) away from the Father.  Jesus was crucified by this very seed of violent hateful pride, ignorance, and desire for power that is all too often devoured by humanity.

Second, I did not want to provide an image that gave these types of people a platform to indulge upon.  The truth is: “This IS the day that the Lord has made.” We have been given the gift of how to live it.  We can either give in to hate and anger… or, we can stand against it through peaceful resistance and a strong voice.  Nationalistic hate-mongers may attempt to use (false) faith and quote words of God.  But, they do not own those words.  They follow a false god they have built in their heart.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. also presented the Word of God, to the people, in his march for peace and equality.  It should be very clear which voice we should follow.  I choose to stand in peaceful resistance and provide images of truly brave men and women sharing Truth, love, compassion, and a voice for the voiceless.  I will not allow hateful souls to take my faith, my sense of decency, or compassion for my fellow brothers and sisters.  

To that, I say: AMEN!

-Ryan Schaufler



 

Bio:

RICHARD GREEN writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-17-2017


 

NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

 

“Inside Every Dog” by RICHARD GREEN

Inside Every Dog

 

In every dog
lies Canis,
primal dog;
in Canis lies
Lupus,
primal wolf.
Every dog
curling in his
nest of grass
sleeps away
the eons
and dreams
the chase.


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

RICHARD GREEN writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-17-2017


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“Descanso” by RICHARD GREEN

Descanso

 

I pass a cross by the road
sanctifying a spot of loss and grief,
a cross of horseshoes
welded together
heel up.
Did a horse die here,
hit by a car,
or someone who loved horses?
I think I see what someone felt.
These u-shapes are tears, shed by
another sorrowful mother,
another Mater Dolorosa.
Crux Lacrimorium.


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

RICHARD GREEN writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-16-2017 (evening)


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.

“Three Mexican Watercolors” by RICHARD GREEN

Three Mexican Watercolors

 

Maya Moon

Ix Chel, the moon,
prepares to sleep,
draws a veil across her face,
her reign complete
above the plazas,
temples, huts and fields
hills and woods
of ceiba trees
where jaguars prowl
and soft-winged owls
spread silent menace
beneath her light.

Kinich Ahau

Kinich Ahau, the sun,
roars over the hills
like a jaguar in full charge,
blazing fury,
burning crisp the maize fields,
driving into hiding
all the creatures of the night.

Mexican Sunset

Orange, red, violet, cerulean
fill the sky at the horizon
spilling overhead
like a conflagration,
a mythical battle of gods,
Armageddon or
Götterdammerung.

No wonder there’s
a torrent of bougainvillea
pouring magenta over an
orange-yellow wall
in front of a blue house
in Oaxaca.


Photograph Ryan Schaufler 2017

Bio:

RICHARD GREEN writes poetry in southern New Mexico, inspired mostly by the high desert. He has published in Avocet, Weekly Avocet, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras Journal, and upcoming in Penwood Review.


-TWITTERIZATION NATION: 8-16-2017


NOTICE: © 2017 TWITTERIZATION. ALL INDIVIDUAL WORKS COPYRIGHTED BY THEIR AUTHORS; ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ALL POEMS AND ESSAYS ARE WORKS OF THE IMAGINATION.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
© TWITTERIZATION, 2015-2017. UNAUTHORIZED USE AND/OR DUPLICATION OF THIS MATERIAL WITHOUT EXPRESS AND WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THIS SITE’S AUTHOR AND/OR OWNER IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. EXCERPTS AND LINKS MAY BE USED, PROVIDED THAT FULL AND CLEAR CREDIT IS GIVEN TO THE POET/WRITER AND TWITTERIZATION WITH APPROPRIATE AND SPECIFIC DIRECTION TO THE ORIGINAL CONTENT.