From Your iPhone App to My Screen

tiny poetry: macropoetics is the brainchild of Lyse Lasaro, who, upon seeing Tyler Shipman's image macros of various T.S. Eliot poems, which she transposed into text bubbles and edited in ninety-nine cent iPhone apps, asked her to make a Facebook group in which similar, poetic and yes, memetic original content could be shared across thousands of screens with a quick click. In August of 2015, tiny poetry was born. Today, the group has upwards of 2,000 members creating hundreds of image macros (the internet term for edited found images or personal photographs with text over them) each month.

With a rapidly-growing group of active participants using everything from Tinder screenshots to lines from Sylvia Plath poems as forms of self-expression, it became clear that more moderators would be needed, and Jonathan Steinklein, tiny caretaker, and Jay Basinger, self-proclaimed modbot, were brought in to provide order and create content. The foursome, however, felt that something more could come of this. They had seen how quickly images and lines of poetry were shared to provide comfort, self-expression, solidarity, and improved quality-of-internet-life to thousands of logged-in users. Two things, then, seemed plausible: that such remarkable content should be shared with a wider audience, who could appreciate the unique, stylistic, and creative content being generated, and that the writing of graduate students, professional poets, working writers, teachers, and mentors ought to be thrust into the paths of the millennials who make up the constituents of tiny poetry. 

Combining the literary with the aesthetic and stylistic, it is our hope that this journal will be exceedingly accessible, and as such, will be able to be shared in prisons, halfway-houses, nursing homes, and among at-risk populations to whom such art would provide comfort and improved quality-of-life. The administrators of tiny poetry: macropoetics have made it our goal to see these unique collections shared at no cost from coast to coast.  

image macro by Sami Durham

image macro by Sami Durham