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  1. I don’t understand the term micropoetry. Is it a form? Is it a rhyme scheme? I can read the poem so it’s not that small…what is it micro in?


    1. ‘Micropoetry’ is a genre of poetic verse which is characterised by its extreme brevity. In other words, a micropoem is a short poem. It is a collective term for a variety of different forms of short poetry. As a poetic artform, it doesn’t really have any rules.

      It does sometimes consist of certain forms of short poetry with fixed rules such as haiku, tanka, senryu and gogyohka. There are also no real character length limitations either. The limits are set by the medium with which they are being shared, and also that invisible line where micropoetry becomes a regular length poem. This is why the majority of poems of this nature are less than 140 characters (twitter limit), with a maximum of 160 characters (mobile phone limit).

      Twitter is probably the most popular place to discover micropoetry online. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of twitter micropoets who share their ‘140 characters or less’ poetry online.

      I use the form as many readers prefer shorter poems and I often use sections of my larger poems to form a ‘micropoem’ in order to encourage readers to find my larger ones and I hope that way they will enjoy both. In any case, if people enjoy them I’m good with that.

      I have recently been learning Haiku and Tanka and find that challenging and fun as I have never written them before this month.

      Hope this helps – in short – there are no real rules – it’s just a way to express yourself.


      1. So what are long poems? Macropoetry? It’s a dumb term. If you love your poetry call it what it is…haiku, tanka, senryu and gogyohka, or Free Verse. 🙂


      2. If you find my poetry or what I call it ‘dumb’, there is no need for you to visit. A smiley face does not make name calling less impolite.


      3. I only commented cause I liked your poem…but the term Micropoetry is a modern term I find appalling. Love poetry, and poets. cheers.


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