Today I left Twitter for good. While engaging the poetry community there (in particular, the Japanese forms and micropoetry writers) was wonderful, exhilarating and educational, the overall atmosphere there has, I believe, become somewhat politically oppressive. That is due, I speculate, to the unparalleled partisan political divisiveness in the USA (and to a lesser extent in several other countries). To the degree that Twitter exacerbates that situation by, apparently, taking sides, the platform has gotten too dark for me. I could bear it, of course, but I don’t need to and I won’t. So, regrettably, I am out of there.
I will miss the daily interactions with fine poets from around the world. But Twitter itself is not the world. I will be following all of them in the pages, paper and online, of the plethora of fine poetry journals in which they are now to be found fairly regularly. Hopefully, I may make it into some of those journals myself now that I am ceasing to publish my new work first and foremost on Twitter. I will use this blog for online presence and contact. I hope some of my Twitterati friends will follow me here.
My best wishes,
Denis M. Garrison