The Poet Laureate of Twitter

Patricia Lockwood talks Twitter and "Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexual"

February 22, 2015



Patricia Lockwood has been dubbed the "poet laureate of Twitter.” Listen in as she talks poems, radio, Twitter, and her latest collection, “Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexuals.”

Included below is a bonus reading that she did for us, "Revealing Nature Photographs."
WARNING: This contains graphic sexual language.




Maybe I'm just in a contrary mood today, but Anne Strainchamps' interview with Patricia Lockwood reminded me of all the reasons I am no fan of Twitter. And more.

I thought maybe I was being over-reactive, so I took a look at Lockwood's recent Twitter postings ("Poet Laureate of Twitter"? A self-styled title, I imagine), and found pages of utter drivel. Not a surprise, but admittedly a disappointment. I really was trying to maintain an open mind.

As a published poet, former journalist, life-long writer, and erstwhile Catholic, I have to admit an admiration for Lockwood's life story and how she has managed to rise to a certain level of fame, notoriety, and recognition (regardless how much might be through self-promotion, but what the hell. Did I mention I'm a publicity whore, too?)

What I took away from the Strainchamps interview, unfortunately -- besides the aforementioned confirmation of my negative view of Twitter -- was a sense of how taken Ms. Lockwood apparently is with her own sense of importance and place in the Universe. I've heard that affectation of speech all too many times before, and encountered that pseudo-sense of flipness, and I'm sorry, but I found it all just a tad too cute and staged. Maybe she's trying to convince herself of her own merits and accomplishments, but Lockwood failed to persuade me.

I appreciate a sense of humility among people of accomplishment. I think Lockwood has a way to go on both fronts. Regrettably, that was all too evident in the interview aired today.

Can someone please tell me why this is a POEM & not a piece of prose? I often have this problem with poetry these days.

I can agree with Frank (above) & maybe he can help me out here.

A fascinating, attractive, woman, one of an obvious intelligence, and not everyone's of tea; yet, an interesting voice with something to say [may she continue to express it, regardless].