HashtagPoetry# by Clive Birnie
In HashtagPoetry# Clive Birnie explores the hidden poetry of Twitter.Taking screen grabs of random collations of three or four tweets on an iPhone screen he then redacts and erases them using photo editing apps before applying his distinctive patterns of coloured dots inspired by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The resulting poem-fragments were originally posted to Instagram and are now collated here together with new work. Clive seeks to test the limitations of the process to create a body of micro-poems that have a distinctive visual feel; are enigmatic and entertaining, have a vein of black humour and feature the occasional zombie or cake eating killer goat.
Clive Birnie has been cutting things up to make poems from them since 1994. Silkworms Ink released Terminal Insemination Art a text sequence of cut-up thought fragments and overheard conversations in 2012. Cutting Up the Economist, a newspaper montage sequence exploring the age of austerity, was published via Burning Eye in 2014. Time Travel Hotel, a sci-fi comedy (novel) via Burning Eye in 2015. Clive has had poetry and short fiction published by a number of literary magazines on and off line, was shortlisted in the Bridport Prize Poetry Competition in 2013, 14 & 15 and won the Wyvern prize at the 2013 Wells Festival of Literature. Clive has been commissioned to create an installation & residency based on the project for the StAnza Poetry Festival 2016 and is regularly invited to talk at festivals, universities and colleges about the creative processes he employs.