Poetry is an art form that has been around for centuries. As such, it doesn’t easily fit into some forms of social media. This is something I can speak first hand about. My Twitter name is @queenofhaiku, which I selected because I enjoy writing these simple looking (but deceptively complex) three lined poems.
Up until recently, I had to resort to putting a slash in between the lines of the haiku. Sometimes, people “get” that I have written a Tweet that is a haiku, and other times I get confused replies from those who don’t recognize it as poetry. The slash I had to put in between the lines made things a bit unclear for new followers (and for people who didn’t know what a haiku was).
Those days are over! Twitter has given all of us the ability to use line breaks in a Tweet. From now on, I can write haiku on Twitter and have it appear in three lines, (the way it is supposed to be presented). To the poets of the internet, this is incredibly exciting news! Twitter didn’t make a huge, formal, announcement about the change. Instead, they presented it this way:
Naturally, I couldn’t wait to try out the new ability to use line breaks. I have been waiting for this since I started using Twitter! It is so very nice when technology becomes a bit more accessible for poetry (and other forms of art). Let me share with you my very first haiku – that uses line breaks – on Twitter: