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How does this work?

  • DM @DaisyChainPoetz or @nipponhamz or email nipponhamz at gmail dot com (Todd Smith) with the URL of your author website.
  • He’ll add you to the Daisy Chain calendar, which you can find on this site and in the pinned tweet on @DaisyChainPoetz.
  • On the date next to your name, you will be the featured poet and will be tweeted about on @DaisyChainPoetz.
  • The FOLLOWING week, you will tweet about the poet listed one row after your name, using the @DaisyChainPoetz Twitter handle instead of your own handle. (Todd will DM you with instructions on how to log in a week or so in advance.)

What do I tweet about?

  • The focus should be on that person’s author website. See past @DaisyChainPoetz tweets for examples, but there is no wrong way to do this!
  • You don’t need to say anything “smart” about their work. Just tweet a link to their site, along with a tiny bio, a poem or two from their site that resonated with you (include an image of the poem if possible), and anything else you found interesting.
  • If you choose, you may contact the poet you’re tweeting about to ask if there is a particular poem on their site that they’d especially like you to share. But this is totally optional.

Why are you doing this?

  • This is a way to make connections with other poets, as we all make our way in a vocation where it’s easy to feel isolated or discouraged.
  • You worked hard on your poems. They are worth reading even if (gasp) THEY AREN’T NEW! Twitter has a strong bias toward highlighting newly published work. But on @DaisyChainPoetz, no matter how old the poems on your author website are, they have a chance to be read again.

Doggy doggy…WHAT now?

  • Indeed, that is a frequently asked question if, like me, you are binge-watching BoJack Horseman.

Is there anything else?