Conversation 38: TWITTER AND HAIKU

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Until I was asked to take over The Great Margin Twitter I had set up a personal Twitter account many moons ago and left it alone.  My original reason for the account had been to respond to a twitter message then after a few brief tweets I flew swiftly back to my comfort of words in the real world.


I had resisted Twitter on a personal level due to its profile in the media of being a rant fest, a troll party and of course in recent years the way we ‘get’ our politics. But as with my revelation about Facebook through THE DAILY HAIKU I have discovered the positive side of the Twitter phenomenon.


And of course there is something deeply haiku about Twitter itself.  The character restriction, the format, the twitterisation of our communication and thoughts.  It focuses on the edit, getting to the nub of the matter. Now who does this remind us of, well yes it’s the beast we have grown to nearly know and nearly love Haiku itself.


As I began tweeting on The Great Margin, sharing predominantly these blog posts and our daily/weekly themes on THE DAILY HAIKU I began to link with other haiku writers, writing organisations and groups.  Yes there was a haiku writing ecology on Twitter that clearly used this platform as their preferred means of expression.


As a writer myself I realised I was coming late to the Twitter party.  Why had I not realised that for a platform focused on writing (but now with the option to add video and image rather like ourselves at THE DAILY HAIKU) that it was the preferred platform of choice for writers. Wake up Amanda!


So it has been a joy to discover the twitter accounts of writers, writing groups, wellbeing organisations and start conversations about all of the above as well as sharing haiku too.


I began with guidance from friends and others I work with, big up to Louise Fox director of the Cornwall Film Festival (@CornwallFilm and @LouiseFoxUK) not least in helping me grapple with the retweet or quote tweet option and most importantly the # hashtag.  A word that has also come to dominate our daily consumption of news, views and life itself.


Many of our existing members on THE DAILY HAIKU already cross-fertilise their creativity on Twitter and that has brought an added joy to communicate within another form.  Rather like travelling to a new destination, THE DAILY HAIKU might be Rome one day then in the afternoon I fly to TWITTER and Hawaii. Or more accurately in these days of lockdown I go from the bedroom to the living room and back! But importantly a change of scene is as good as a rest.


The hashtags that seem to be the favourites for haiku when posting are of course #haiku but then #haikuchallenge which is well established #TheDailyHaiku of course then #poetry and all manner of poetry hashtag connotations eg #poetrycommunity #micropoetry.  Next come the niche haiku hashtags like #senryu #3lines #17syllables (controversial I know!) #haikulust and other searchable variations on a theme. Next up the wellbeing and wider writing hashtags #wellbeing naturally #mentalhealth #amwriting… Lastly a hashtag that highlights the theme is another way to attract engagement and link with others eg #love #trees…

The hashtags offer a chance to mainline into the wider haiku community and poetry world in general perhaps faster than the more wordy and content heavy platforms who often stay happy in themselves. So it is a chance to widen engagement and accessibility, also demographic and diversity for THE DAILY HAIKU and haiku in general – and this is exciting. Facebook is the nest, Twitter is the sky.  Now what do we think about TikTok, Instagram and other social media platforms?


Here is a flock of Haiku writing accounts I am enjoying so far:

Starting with our own from THE DAILY HAIKU nest:

Alan Summers: @haikutec

Phil Barnett @squinancywort1

William Dean Ford @WillDFord

Phil Isherwood: @Hospice_Poet

Stan Phillips: @StanPhillips20

Wendy Blomseth: @WendyBlomseth

Carolyn Crossley: @carocrossley

David E Navarro: @DENavarro7

Donall Dempsey: @DonallDempsey

Amita Paul: @AmitaPaulAS

Dave Hubble: @dshubble

Fiona Stuart: @fionastuart01

Marion Clarke: @MarionSClarke

Alan Mee: @wordlings_west

Richard Downes: @socialmodelling

Christina Chin: @Christina_haiku



And on to:

Haiku Foundation @haikufound

Haiku Commentary @HaikuCommentary










@haiflu and @LivTorc

And many more haiku focused writers, poets, fiction writers, journalists and groups


Then onto the organisations, groups and initiatives that support writing and wellbeing:

Network of Wellbeing @NetwrkWellbeing

ArtsWell @ArtsWellCIC

64 million artists: @64M_Artists

Get Creative UK @GetCreativeUK

Paper Nations @PaperNationsUK

Culture Health and Wellbeing Alliance @CHWAlliance

Poetry Society @PoetrySociety

National Centre for Writing @WritersCentre

The Royal Society of Literature @RSLiterature

House of Imagination @houseimaginatn

Library of Change @libraryofchange

Literature Works @LitWorks

World Creativity and Innovation Week/Day @WorldCreativity

Poets for the Planet @poets4theplanet

MumWrite @MumWrite

Dialect Writers @dialectwriters


And then there are the magazines, festivals, podcasts and publishers the grassroots of our #writingcommunity:

Ambit Magazine @ambitmagazine

The Rialto @RialtoPoetry

Spelt Magazine @MagazineSpelt

Superfroot magazine @superfrootmag

Quince Magazine @quince_magazine

The Poetry Pea Podcast @ThePoetryPea

Poetry Non-Stop @poetrynonstop

The Stay At Home Literary Festival: @stayathomefest

Streetcake Magazine @streetcakemag

Butcher’s Dog magazine @ButchersDogMag

Literary Festivals @litfests

Majuscule Press @MajusculeP

Delhi Lit Fest @delhi_lit_fest

The Adriatic @theadriaticmag

Eupraxia press @EupraxiaPress

Storm of blue press @stormxblue

Seren Books @SerenBooks

Leon Literary Review @LeonReview

And so many more to discover


Twitter feels a little like Lord of the Rings, a tad Alice in Wonderland with a sprinkle of Scorsese, a dash of Waitiki, a dollop of Attenborough and a fix of Zephaniah all washed down with a Banksy while listening to a mix tape of Hard-Fi, Beethoven, Eva Cassidy and Bob Marley. Why did I leave it so long, yes Andrew Gillman, director and long term writing collaborator, you did tell me but I wasn’t ready to listen @andrewgillman


Do add your twitter account with the option of a brief introduction into what you like in the comments below so I can expand my Twitter haiku adventure and contacts.

And a general call out for Twitter advice to this fledgling twitteristababy attempting to fly the nest and really soar through the Twitter stratosphere.  Ah yes I feel a #PunKu coming on.

8 Comments on “Conversation 38: TWITTER AND HAIKU”

  1. Twitter is a wonderful platform for simply just reading haiku. I go to the search bar and type in the hashtag #haiku and then just start reading away and scrolling through them all. You can find every kind of haiku on Twitter. From the traditional, classic haiku with core essential elements to mathku, techku, scifiku, fantasyku, and many more. You name the genre and there is probably a group of people writing experimental haiku in that category.

    I especially love to search for #nature #haiku together when I want to focus on my favorite.

    Thanks Amanda for sharing all these Twitter addresses. I just added about 20 follows to my Twitter @DENavarro7. PLEASE FOLLOW BACK. Many thanks for that.

  2. Like you, Amanda I too opened an account, followed lots of accounts and then left Twitter alone.
    Then I discovered blogging on WordPress and a neat little widget that re-posts my work on Twitter.
    Thanks for the info on hashtags. I shall start to use them more. Since The Great Margin is on Twitter I am paying more attention to it, all thanks to #TheDailyHaiku and you. Many thanks Amanda. ❤🧡💛💜

  3. Lately I have been sharing haiku/The Great Margin related stuff but have for many years used Twitter to get the word out about events, share blogs etc. Naturally the last hear has seen a massive slowdown in event sharing due to the paucity of events to share but that will all come back in time. Twitter does, I agree, jave a rep as Kingdom of Trolls where polite discourse goes if it wants to be assassinated but like all forms of social media it all depends on what you want to get out of it. So egomaniacs can rule their individual worlds using it and people who want to connect and genuinely communicate can get that (along with with possibly occasionally being called a snowflake pussy for celebrating the idea of kindness lol).

    1. This is super helpful Will, I am in the connect and genuinely communicate gang obvs. But it seems like a Wild West place like much of social media and although I described it as the sky it can get stormy!

  4. Well, shoot, Amanda! Talk about late to the party!! I thought I was ‘twittering’ and I guess I am on each individual haiku! What a dufus. I don’t know anything about Twitter, except I signed up several years ago and never really used it. Guess I’m going to have to get my learning boots back on and learn yet “another way”. I may be PM’ing you on this! Stand by! 😉

    1. You are me Connie, until I actually began to engage in Twitter I was not sure about it, what I was doing when I did it and more importantly what I wanted to do with it!

  5. I’m still not really sure about it! 😄

    I guess I mainly use Twitter every few days to read news from friends of their writing achievements, to receive notification of submission callouts and journal publication and what’s happening in the arts generally. And of course it’s great for discovering a wide range of haiku—I’ve even written some horrorku as a result!


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