Afterwards, KQED News Interactive Producer Amanda Stupi asked him what he thought, as a poet, of social media. The conversation then turned to the representation of poetry in electronic form.
"A poem is a piece of sculpture in words," Collins said. Mess around with the typeface or the line breaks, and some poems will become "unrecognizable."
On a New York Times assignment to write a Twitter poem, an experience he called identical to trying to write a sonnet: