Sweetest Verse, Not Prose, Celebrating Broadway Shows: It’s Twits Poetic

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GPR Records
to sponsor
Haiku Twitter Contest
in celebration of the release of
Poetic License
100 Poems by 100 Performers

GPR Records, the new CD label specializing in Broadway, classical, spoken word and children’s music, is sponsoring a poetry contest that will take place on Twitter, called TwItsPoetic, to celebrate National Poetry Month and the release of their first CD, Poetic License: 100 Poems by 100 Performers.

The TwItsPoetic contest is focusing on a well-known but often ignored form of poetry: Haiku.

The haiku form is written in three lines with 17 total syllables. The first line has five syllables, followed by seven syllables in the second line, and then five again in the third line.

To submit a poem to the contest, simply write your very best Haiku, and post it to Twitter using your regular twitter account. To make sure the poem ends up in the contest, submissions should include the hash tag, “#twitspoetic,” at the end of their poem.

“Everyone has written a Haiku at some point in their lives, and it is short enough to fit in a single Tweet,” said producer Peter Fitzgerald. “With this simple format, creativity is boundless and like our CD, Poetic License, we hope to inspire the inner poet in everyone.”

“We are very pleased to be sponsoring this contest,” said producer Richard Cohen. “We created the CD because we believe that having 100 of the nation’s most brilliant performers reading poems of their choosing not only makes poetry more tangible, but also reminds us how fantastic poetry is.”

“Hopefully, listeners will be so inspired by Poetic License that they’ll participate in this contest and help to convince their friends to take a closer look at poetry,” added producer Glen Roven.

To vote on a poem in the contest, do a search on twitter for “#twitspoetic” and then simply re-tweet any poems you like. GPR records will track the re-tweet’s and the winner will be announced at the end of the month.

All submissions and votes will also be streamed live on the GPR records website.

The winner of the TwItsPoetic contest will receive bragging rights and will be invited to a recording session at the GPR Records studios for one of their upcoming albums where they will be able to meet Broadway stars and the GPR Records team.