Muses And Metaphor 2013: Tweet Us Your Poetry!

Mar 12, 2013
Originally published on April 29, 2013 10:50 am

Poetry and social media join forces once again in April. Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with its 3rd annual Muses and Metaphor series. We'll feature poems exchanged via Twitter by NPR fans — always in 140 characters or fewer. Tweet your poem using the hashtag: #TMMPoetry.

This year, we've more than 1000 responses, and we've heard poetic tweets from a doctor in Philadelphia,Pa.; a translator in Chicago, Ill.; an Egyptian-American poet in Washington, DC; and the renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander and Nikki Giovanni. We've also heard poems about the Boston marathon bombings.

Keep up wit the series on Twitter, stop by our Storify below, or listen to what we've aired so far below.

Poet, writer and performer Holly Bass is the curator of Muses and Metaphor. Tell Me More host Michel Martin kicked off the series with Bass in early April.

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Now we want to take a moment to invite you to join our annual tribute to National Poetry Month. This is our third annual series we call Muses and Metaphor. That's where we combine two of our passions, poetry and social media.

We'd like to invite you to go on Twitter and tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. Your poem can be about your work, your life, even your socks. We don't judge. Poet Holly Bass will help us pick our favorites to air. This year we have already heard from a former Air Force member in Washington, D.C., a translator living in Chicago, an Egyptian-American author and even the renowned poet Nikki Giovanni.

In the past, we've had thousands of responses from professional and aspiring poets from across the country. Here's one we got last year from Deisha Wilson. She's now a 7th grader at Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C.

DEISHA WILSON: A is the darkness, E, you hear a trumpet. I, you and this unknown man or woman. U, you are afraid to move.

MARTIN: This year, we'd loved to hear from you. Tweet us using the hashtag tmmpoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Just go to Click on the Programs menu to find TELL ME MORE.


MARTIN: And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and you've been listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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