This article brings together print-material histories (from typesetting and typewriting to Twitter) to consider such seemingly disparate textual practices as concrete poetry, Twitter bots, Insta-poetry, and political tweets. With initial attention to Donald Trump’s infamous “covfefe” tweet and Aram Saroyan’s equally notorious “lighght,” this article explores the inscriptive and interpretive contexts and the social and political consequences of these texts. Exploring the poetics of political tweets and the politics of concrete poetry, the article establishes a framework that is neither purely literary nor purely political in nature but, rather, explores and examines inscription and media themselves. Turning in its final moments to contemporary Insta-poetry, the article ultimately considers the subjectivities and socialities enabled by print materiality, from typewritten text to digital social media.

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