NPR Discovers Twitter Haiku

NPR Discovers Twitter Haiku

Berkeley professor Geoff Nunberg spoke about English-language Twitter haiku on WHYY’s “Fresh Air,” distributed by National Public Radio. Like many of us, he is intrigued by the dual constraints of the poetic form’s seventeen syllables and Twitter’s 140 character limit.

Professor Nunberg cites celebrity examples, but we became aware of the trend through’s Twitter Haiku contests.  Some full-sized blogs participate in Haiku Fridays, now on Twitter and Facebook.


Image (“Twittering Haiku in the Garden at Night, after Chikanobu”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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One Response to “NPR Discovers Twitter Haiku”

  1. Annie Wise Says:

    iPad on my lap,
    NPR Newscast is on,
    brings the world in.

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