Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Office of Cultural Affairs are asking us to take to Twitter in honor of National Poetry Month.
Using the hashtag #PoetweetNYC, anyone can submit a poem between now and April 13 (the contest actually began on Monday) and the winning entries will be published in Metro New York on April 30 — otherwise known as Poem in Your Pocket Day. That’s the day all New Yorkers are required to carry a poem on their person at all times or be subject to a $350 summons. OK, not really — you’ll just be kind of a killjoy if you don’t. The basic rules for the contest are simple: The poems must be under 140 characters, submitted by an American who is an adult, and keep ’em clean, people. The full rules, because this is a government-sponsored activity, are extensive and are detailed here.
The city started promoting the event on Twitter last week.
— NYC IT & Telecomm (@NYCDoITT) April 3, 2015
It was a slow start, but the #poetweets are coming faster by the minute. By Monday evening there was quite a selection.
They ranged from gentle meditations on city life —
Graffiti to ziti. Whitney to Jitney. Yankees to Frankie’s. High art to the hotdog cart. Sunset – we ain’t over yet.
— Laura Cohen (@LauraCohen123) April 6, 2015
Algebraic Sanctus quantum leap multidimensional portal as I step out the 116 street subway tunnel/ soon ice cream truck tunes2 #PoetweetNYC
— fernando pizarro (@mrpizarrox) April 6, 2015
— to somewhat more pissed-off meditations on city life —
Just like Spring’s flowers
My rent leaps ever upward
Eat so much ramen #PoetweetNYC
— HowWeGotAnts (@HowWeGotAnts) April 6, 2015
— to the lyrical —
I am because you are, he is,/ and since we are not./ I am is different from who I was and will be./ I am, he is, and you are. #NYCPoetweet
— Emma P-R (@EmmaLeePR) April 6, 2015
— to the devastatingly eloquent (we don’t think this use of the word “motherfucking” is allowed under the contest’s vulgarity clause):
— Mr. Cool (@The__Cooler) April 6, 2015
To enter your own Poetweet, just add the hashtag (#PoetweetNYC) and send it out to the interwebs. The city has some other events in store for poetry month too.