In an interview with the Seattle Times, iconic American author Joyce Carol Oates had much to say about Twitter.

Despite her advanced age and her line of work – publishing books – Oates is a prolific tweeter with almost 34,000 followers.

In response to the Seattle Times reporter’s inquiry about why she likes tweeting, Oates had the following to say:

“Twitter is a radically new way of communicating, at least on its higher, more idealistic levels. It’s a forum for the exchange of haiku-like impressions, insights and poetry. Also a kind of broad magazine in which individuals provide links to features and videos of interest…. Writing tweets requires a discipline not unlike writing poetry, where each word, even each punctuation mark counts.”

It’s quite an elegant way to say what others have said before, that the 140-character limit that tweets impose on the writer demands pithy, authentic prose. Or, poetry.

Jennifer Egan’s novel, Black Box, was even posted on Twitter one tweet at a time. And in October 2012, Twitter hosted a five-day Twitter Fiction Festival, a virtual storytelling celebration held entirely on Twitter featuring “creative experiments in storytelling from authors around the world.”

And in conversation with Charlie Rose, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said,

“I think we pioneered that you can say something in 140 characters. And maybe, if well done, that can be a worthwhile thing.”

Here are a few exemplary tweets from Joyce Carol Oates, demonstrating Twitter’s potential for what some might consider high art:

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