One of the great things about Twitter is how people can take on personalities for comic affects. There’s a fake Queen, fake Prince Charles, fake David Cameron, so why not have a fake Carol-Ann Duffy? Young_Laureate’s tweets are hilarious and weird, and have very little to do with C.A.D. (or do they?) but the idiosyncrasies and oddness of the tweets are part of the charm, and the reason I follow our Dear Leader.
hey i’m in the market to get a ‘normal’ office job to see how shit it is and then i want to write a book of poetry about how shit work is
— Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) October 10, 2012
advice for young wannabe poets: don’t even fockin think about it m8, i’ve got the game sewn up, back the fock off my territory — Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) June 29, 2013
fockin just woke up && found seven or eight poets sleeping in various locations in my massive house #heavynight simply red still on stereo — Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) November 21, 2013
YO i want my new author photo to be me drying my hands in a dyson airblade while wearing a fat willys surf shack t-shirt
— Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) June 27, 2013
i wrote a thugged out, wavy, balls to the wall, wiki-wiki-wild-wild-west valentines poem that you can read on the guardian website
— Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) February 14, 2013
my new epicpoetry cycle out this yr is about a man who earns a decent amount but still has a shit old phone
— Charol-Annnnn Dhuffy (@young_laureate) January 28, 2013
Twit Twit Twit is a regular series where I will be focusing on several poets who are on Twitter and showcasing some of my favourites from their previous tweets.
Alex MacDonald lives and works in London. He has had his poetry published in The Quietus, Clinic II and English PEN and was shortlisted for the Poetry School / Pig Hog Poetry Pamphlet Competition. He hosted a series of readings at the V&A Museum on independent poetry publishers. He is currently Digital Poet in Residence at the Poetry School.
Charol-Annnnn is one of my faves too. I think I can name several poets that have actually done tweet 1. That is the test of the best satire (e.g. ‘omnishambles’)
My top favourite ever was @RBShelpdesk, who rapidly spawned other Shelpdesks, during some retail banking crisis or other. A wonderful time was had by all …