One PR problem that poetry faces in this country is that it isn’t a part of people’s everyday lives. The only time poetry is brought to them is when it is on an English class syllabus. Twitter and text messaging can change that! Poetry can now come to people on their cell phones. What’s even better than that?
Haiku is an ideal form for Twitter, texting and other microblogging venues. To the everyday person who hasn’t seen a poem since they read Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” in high school, haiku looks like it’s meeting them halfway. (“It’s small and at least it doesn’t rhyme!”)
So they are willing to meet it in the middle. Hence the invention of “Twaiku” (haiku + Twitter) and a resurgence in the interest of haiku itself.
Why not help it along? Come across a ku that contains a topic a friend is interested in? Text it to them! Bring poetry into their lives in a whole new way!