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Today, I want you to try to write a “social media”-style poem. Namecheck all of your friends. Quote from their texts, tweets, FB status updates, twitter accounts, and blogposts, and the back of the cereal box on your breakfast table. The poem is about you and you are about what you say, think, talk, eat. You might end up with a poem that seems bizarrely solipsistic (like the internet itself, maybe?), but there might also be a spark there of something live and fun and present (like the verbal equivalent of a really great animated cat)

My poem today is a quick blast and a complete contrast to yesterday’s carefully crafted terzanelle. ‘Facebook Friday’ is based on consecutive Facebook posts at 6 pm on Friday 17th April. I’m not sure if it is ‘like the verbal equivalent of a really great animated cat’ but, interestingly, there are some linked themes.

Facebook Friday

Weekend mode on
about to burst into Roll Out the Barrel
avoid six foods too cruel to eat
drink sugar free and skinny caramel frapuccino
a lost gold pen at Sainsbury’s Craigleith
can we find the owner?
good news baby April’s missing mother found
Panama canal and wildlife highlights
a lovely day on the South Bank
poets read at Hebden Bridge
I am so drinking vanilla lattes from now on
happy Friday.

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