Ben Okri released new poem on Twitter

Ben Okri: ‘we need to get more across in fewer words’. Photograph: Murdo Macleod

Twitter can be used in different ways. Here is how another favourite writter of mine used this tool.
The Booker prize-winning Nigerian author Ben Okri has written an exclusive poem for Twitter and has published it a line a day. Short, lucid writing is needed in these uncertain times, according to the Booker prize-winning Nigerian author Ben Okri, who has releasing a new poem line by line on Twitter.

“Forms follows adversity – we live in uncertain times. I think we need a new kind of writing that responds to the anxiety of our age and yet has brevity,” he said. “My feeling is that these times are perfect for short, lucid forms. We need to get more across in fewer words. The Twitter poem tries to respond to this and the feeling of freedom.”

The poem was written to mark the release of Okri’s new book, Tales of Freedom, in April. The book brings together short stories and poetry in what Okri’s publisher described as “a fascinating new form, using writing and image pared down to their essentials, where haiku and story meet”. The entire poem will be posted on Okri’s Facebook and MySpace pages once it is completed.

The Nigeria-born Okri, who lives in London today, won the Booker prize in 1991 for his novel The Famished Road. He has also won the Commonwealth writers prize for Africa, and was awarded an OBE in 2001.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,June 24, 2010.

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