Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was on our KQED Forum last week to discuss his new anthology, Horoscopes of the Dead.

Afterwards, KQED News Interactive Producer Amanda Stupi asked him what he thought, as a poet, of social media. The conversation then turned to the representation of poetry in electronic form.

“A poem is a piece of sculpture in words,” Collins said. Mess around with the typeface or the line breaks, and some poems will become “unrecognizable.”

On a New York Times assignment to write a Twitter poem, an experience he called identical to trying to write a sonnet:

For the full Forum segment, listen below:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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