Anyone with a social media account, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the like, will have lost a follower, or two, over time. Someone once interested in what you had to say, or who you are, has, for whatever reason, changed their tune. So they, depending on the channel in question, unfollowed, or unfriended, you.
It’s not always nice, but life goes on. While I wouldn’t recommend dwelling on such occurrences, there is now the option, should you so choose it, to activate a service, aptly titled “Goodbye Unfollower”, that sends someone who has decided to take their leave of your Twitter stream, a farewell poem.
Worth a look, maybe. Who knows, the unfollower may be so touched by the gesture that they re-follow you.
I’m not much of a poet, and don’t I know it, so I am thankful I did not live at time – think up until the sixteenth century – when mathematical equations were written as metered verse, because then I’d have been doubly bad at maths.
The poem, Eurydice, is one of the longest pieces of public art in the capital. It was inscribed along a concrete tunnel connecting Waterloo station with the Imax cinema and the South Bank 10 years ago. It was destroyed last autumn – a fortnight after Time Out magazine listed it as one of London’s best pieces of secret art – when contractors for Network Rail painted over it, claiming to be cleaning up the tunnel.
The “Odyssey” and the “Iliad” and the “Aeneid”, the poems of Pindar, Anacreon, Sappho, Horace, and Catullus, and Martial – that is, all of the Classical works that inspired European poets – are metrical. But none use end rhyme, which played a minimal role in the poetry of ancient Greece and Rome. In keeping with that precedent, some of the most ambitious poetry in English, since before Shakespeare, is not in rhyme but in blank verse: unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Honor Godfrey, curator of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum which proposed the concept, said: “We are always examining different ways of interpreting the Championships and this year the club agreed that having an official Championships Poet would provide a novel and interesting way of doing this.”
Christian Bök, an experimental poet and associate professor of English at the University of Calgary, is working on a piece he plans to encipher and insert into the genetic code of an “extremophile” bacterium, one that is tough enough to survive conditions that would wipe out the human race.