Realtime Machine is an archive of the Realtime Notes project – Instagram poetry by Nick Asbury written in rapid response to current events.
Explore the archive by topic, poetic form or date. Go to Roundup for more general reflections and updates on the project.
Realtime Notes began on 17 August 2017 as a way to respond to fast-moving times by challenging one of the last remaining conventions in poetry – the idea that poetry should always take time, both to write and read. The project explores what is lost and what is gained when the speed of the writing becomes a formal constraint.