Tweeted Verse Of The Day: April 6, 2011 As part of Tell Me More's celebration of National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin has been inviting listeners to send in poetic tweets. That is, poems no longer than 140 characters that are posted via Twitter. The call has generated hundreds of responses and today, Martin shares a tweeted verse from 25-year-old Caitlin Cowan of Washington, D.C.
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Tweeted Verse Of The Day: April 6, 2011

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Tweeted Verse Of The Day: April 6, 2011

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News.

Coming up, we talk sports with the women in our Beauty Shop segment.

But first, muses and metaphor.

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MARTIN: As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we've been hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less through Twitter. And we're happy to report our Twitter callout has generated hundreds of responses.

Today we hear a tweet from 25-year-old Caitlin Cowan of Washington, D.C. In 2010 Cowan graduated with a Masters in fine arts and poetry from the New School in New York. Remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. So listen closely.

Ms. CAITLIN COWAN: My name is Caitlin Cowan and this is my tweet. La Callas(ph), mouth like a wooden box, imperfect viola with the neck cut off, biding time till the hard spots, swallowing eggs. Time.

MARTIN: Now, we know that went by pretty fast. So let's play it again.

Ms. COWAN: La Callas(ph), mouth like a wooden box, imperfect viola with the neck cut off, biding time till the hard spots, swallowing eggs. Time.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Caitlin Cowan. If you'd like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, please go to Twitter and tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it. And we will air it sometime this month. So tweet us using the hash tag TMM poetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE Website. Go to NPR.org. Click on the Programs menu to find TELL ME MORE.

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