Maybe you’re one of the new poets. Or perhaps you’re one of the old poets writing the new poetry. It could be you’re one of those who’ve been composing it for nearly a decade now. If so, you know all about sms poetry.
If not, then here is something new for you. And here is your opportunity to win a brand new iPod nano. So what’s all this talk about sms poetry?
A definition of sms poetry:
What are SMS Poems? Simply put: it is poetry that fits inside a text message; i.e. poetry that is less than 160 characters long. Text message poems cover the same themes as ordinary poetry like love, friendship, jokes etc. but this time your poem fits inside a standard-size sms.
The first sms poem ever (written by UK poet Andrew Wilson):
than tea towels,
on bare legs
An interview with sms poet Wilson (and his answer to a question):
3. Text message poetry, what’s it all about? Is it any different from conventional poetry?
No. If it’s good as a text it’ll be good on paper, and the other way round. The difference is in how you receive it – the message symbol on the phone screen makes you clear your head for a few seconds, gets you ready to receive something new, and that space is just right for a poem. You can be sitting in a train station and get a text message poem about going on a train journey. If it’s a good poem, that can be really powerful
The winning entry of the first sms poetry contest (run by the Guardian):
txtin iz messin,
mi headn’me englis,
they all come out txtis.
gran not plsed w/letters shes getn,
swears i wrote better
by Hetty Hughes, who tells her story here.
All the other winning entries from the contest, reproduced here:
Your opportunity to win that iPod nano (since you already have an sms device presumably):
- SMS Text Poetry Contest 15
Closing Date 31st October, 2010
(New Beginnings Theme)
After a 3 year break due to life responsibilities, I’ve finally managed to get the chance to refocus on the txt2nite website and to run the SMS poetry contests again. The purpose of the SMS poetry competition is to write a poem that is short enough to fit in a single 160 character mobile phone SMS text message.
The theme of this competition is NEW BEGINNINGS. As long as your poem can be related to new beginnings in some way then it’s acceptable. You can enter as many times as you like but your poems MUST be a maximum 160 characters long (including punctuation and spaces). The first prize is an iPod nano and the deadline is 31st October 2010. Good luck!
You can enter the competition here
Some advice for composing the poetry, from sms poet Wilson:
Do it on the bus. The best time to write poetry is sitting next to an old lady with her shopping from the market.
A digital magazine where you can find ur sms poetry published or can read others’ poems:
My favorite poem there (from issue Two of OneSixty), by Sarah Davies:
1 room,40 x 20
4 16 people
otsde wndow cypress blows
striplights bare u
hdfones mute songs
no contact, only contract