With the arguable exception of Rob Delaney, Patricia Lockwood is the breakout star of Weird Twitter. Though I have endless fondness for Delaney's tweets, he has a relationship with Weird Twitter that isn't unlike Weezer's relationship with nerd rock or Skrillex's relationship with EDM. What he produces is more appealing to the masses, those that aren't "in on the joke." Retweeting Rob Delaney is like retweeting The Onion. "We get it," we mutter to ourselves on the toilet, shaking our heads because we already saw that tweet an hour ago retweeted by, like, a dozen other people. Perhaps, if Delaney is the mainstream breakout standard bearer of Weird Twitter, then Lockwood is that underground band that long-haired guys at dive bars tell you that you should "really be listening too, man." And she just finally blew up.
Lockwood has a prodigious amount of output under her belt, including a novel, several collections of poetry, a viral poetry sensation entitled "Rape Joke," and a variety of published work across the poetry world and the witty blogs we all wish we read more of. It was her recent release of her collection of poems Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals and subsequent profiles by The New York Times and The New Yorker that have made her a household name -– if only in households in New York, LA, Portland, and Austin in which one member of the household takes improv classes and another runs a social justice blog.
Lockwood is a bona fide poet in a Weird Twitter world filled with stand-up comics and bloggers. As such, she stands out in a sea of weed jokes, pop culture mockery, and corporation baiting. Her brand of absurdity has a lyrical, sexual quality that while speaking the language of irony is punctuated with an earnestness that most of Weird Twitter lacks. Though everything Lockwood writes, from her longform poetry to her shortest tweets, has an underlying wit, sensuality, and devilishly effortless grace, she is probably best known for her "sexts." In these tweets, she takes what is perhaps the crudest form of digital communication and endows it with visual, comic imagery that is at once savage mockery and pure poetry. Huffington Post has put together a gallery of their favorite Lockwood sexts, which you can absently click through here.