These New Yorkers are poets and they definitely know it.
Last week, Metro New York, together with the Office of the Mayor and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs launched the annual “PoetweetNYC” Twitter poetry contest.
From April 11 through 15, New Yorkers and Twitter users from across the country were asked to submit their best poems via social media using the hashtag #PoetweetNYC.
The basic rules were to “keep it clean and keep it to one tweet” and, in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day, the top five poems are printed below.
Poem in Your Pocket Day is a citywide celebration that encourages New Yorkers to appreciate poetry and emphasize the importance of literacy. During the day, New Yorkers are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket to share with friends, family and colleagues.
#PoetweetNYC 2016 winners:
Off the 2-3, Wall St
Fine print, real neat:
With money comes strings cuz see
When they say money talks, it’s all ventriloquy#PoetweetNYC
— Becky Phan (@beckyphan) April 15, 2016
पहाड जस्तै अग्ला घर,
बोकेर उस्तै रहर,
कुनै पनि प्रहर
आउला अवसर भनि
पर्खि रहेछु न्यु योर्क सहर!#PoetweetNYC
— Sahadev Poudel (@Sahadevision) April 15, 2016
Tall buildings like mountains,
Bearing alike desire.
the opportunity may arrive,
I am Waiting in New York Sahar.
Chinatown/Past the crowds/A door on the ground/A narrow staircase/Does death wait below?/I descend… ¡Ay! Heaven in handbags. #PoetweetNYC
— Lindsey Thaden (@lindsey_thaden) April 15, 2016
— Hector X. Monsegur (@hxmonsegur) April 15, 2016
Driving in Queens/Which are you? /Street or Drive or Avenue?/ I seek hints, a way out of this mess /But then I consult my GPS. #PoetweetNYC
— Christina González (@c_gonzalez) April 13, 2016