As it continues to develop, the social media promises to be a boon for anyone bright enough to avoid referring to their work as "poetry". No doubt we've all seen full or partial poems or links to them on Facebook. This includes videos--performances and slide shows--on sites such as Vimeo and YouTube. We've also seen photographs with poems, stories, and witticisms written on them. These may be a couplet taken from a larger work:
...or a complete poem:
Recently we are beginning to see verse on or beside pictures in a series. If you'd like to see a complete example please "Friend" me, Earl Gray, on Facebook. Look for "Lover's Will".
Here is how to create and post a Facebook Poem:
- Write or select a poem, preferably a vivid one.
- Collect still pictures or video clips for each image, phrase, line or sentence.
- Collect an introductory/title image and a coda ("The End") picture.
- Ideally, use a graphics package to print the title, text and endnote on these images.
- Write down the names of these image files in the order that they appear in the text.
- In your "Post" window on Facebook click on "Add Photo / Video".
- Hit "Create Photo Album" then, if necessary, "Create Album".
- Select "Only Me" so that no one can see what you're working on.
- Hit "Browse" to upload your pictures, beginning with your title picture and ending with your coda image. It's okay to load, say, five at a time, hitting "Upload Photos" (twice, if required) after each batch, Hit "+ Add Photos" to begin the next batch.
- Give your slide show a name and description (e.g. "A photo story") at the top left.
- Once it's ready, make it "Public".
- Hit "Done".
Here is a sample of photos comprising the public domain poem, "Lover's Will":
We can, of course, wish for better poetry than this example. Feel free to right click on these images and save them if you wish to practice uploading a Facebook photo album.
Plan B is to post a link on Facebook to a slide show like this one:
Lover's Will from Earl Gray on Vimeo.