Insults poured in from across the internet. Someone even started a satirical Twitter account dedicated to mocking Yost as "a bland white guy who thinks my one mission on Earth is to share the edgy poems written from my limited, privileged, unoriginal point of view with humanity."
Expressing contrition for her own mean Tweets—while confessing to her own misadventures in versification—the piece is part profile, part exploration of online jerkdom.
Yost—who we learn grew up in a small town in Ohio and works as a marine scientist—says the experience of being "cyber-bullied" by a bunch of strangers was "mind-numbing" and that he still wakes up afraid to check his phone.
“I’m sorry that [Collin] had to go through that. It’s not right,” she told me. “I want to talk about the things that I have issues with, the misogynist point of view… otherwise it just becomes, oh we’ll all laugh at this guy for a bit and it makes me feel better about myself….”
Yan doesn't quite push Yost on his perceived misogyny, and he brushes off the criticism by saying "'you're a pretentious dick and your writing is trash. please stop. hope you die' isn't criticism." In the end, Yost came out of the episode with 5,000 more Instagram followers. And he's still writing poetry. In fact, this week, he'll even write you a custom poem if you send him a private message.