Twitter DJ turns politics into poetry

A Spaniard has taken 500 tweets by the country's politicians and 'remixed' them to create a novel book of poetry.

Twitter DJ turns politics into poetry
"I wanted to make poetry out of the noise," says Javier González Vega of his book of poems drawn from tweets by 75 Spanish politicians. Photo: Verkami

Javier González Vega from Spain’s Canary Islands poured over messages tweeted by 200 Spanish politicians to create his new book of poems.

“I ended up choosing 500 tweets (from 75 politicians). It was the work of a literary DJ in which I remixed all those pieces,” the prize-wining poet from Gran Canaria told Spain’s culture magazine Yorokobu.

Four fragments of tweets by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy were used to create the book of poetry while well-known Twitter maverick Toni Cantó supplied 11 lines of verse.

The promotional video for Javier González Vega’s poetry book based on political tweets.

But many of the politicians included are more local, or people who “tweet more” and “speak more openly”, the poet says.

“The tweets idea was an accident. I was listening to the radio in the car when I heard them speaking about Twitter and poetry,” the 26-year-old told local newspaper Canarias 7.

“I thought that’s what they were talking about but no. So I thought I would create a series of poems based on tweets to turn the noise into poetry”.

González Vega is now using crowdfunding to try and raise the €5,680 ($7,800) he needs to have the book published. 

To get a flavour of González Vega’s Twitter poetry (in Spanish), visit his page on the Verkami site

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