What is Micropoetry?

Micropoetry | Haiku | Gogyohka | Tanka | Senryu | Twaiku | 1-6 lines | 3-10 words

Micropoetry is a genre of poetic verse which is characterized by its extreme brevity. In other words, a micropoem is a short poem.

Micropoetry is a collective term for a variety of different forms of short poetry. As a poetic artform, it doesn’t really have any rules. Although it does consists 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 on this site are less than 140 characters (twitter limit), with a maximum of 160 characters (mobile phone limit).

MICROPOETRY ON TWITTER

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. The problem is that it can be hard to discover the poets and their micropoetry from the billions of messages shared on twitter. Poets do sometimes label their work with hashtags to help. But as there are so many forms/styles of micropoetry, and with the limited twitter space, tags can vary wildly and sometimes poems are not tagged at all.  This makes discovering poetry on twitter quite a task.

MICROPOETRY DESCRIPTIONS & THEIR HASHTAGS

In this section of Micropoetry.com, I have tried to list all the different types of micropoetry that you’ll discover on twitter, with descriptions, hashtag variants and examples. Below is a huge list. To make sense of these hastags I have broken them into three categories. Certain tags may appear more than once. Please click on a hashtag to find out more.

NOTE: I also list twitter poets who post regular micropoetry on twitter.

Micropoetry – Micropoems and verse
#gogyohka #gpoem #fragment #haiku #lowku #micropoem #micropoetry #mpy #myku #tweetpoem #tweetpoetry #poetwee #poetwi #punku #senryu #smallstone #tanka #tmmpoetry #twaiku #5poem

One to six lines: #monostich/#1line/#oneline, #distich/#2lines/#twolines, #tristich/#3lines/#threelines, #tetrastich/#4lines/#fourlines, #pentastich/#5lines/#fivelines/#cinquain, #hexastich/#6lines/#sixlines

Three to ten words: #3words/#threewords, #4words/#fourwords, #5words/#fivewords, #6words/#sixwords, #7words/#sevenwords/#sixwordsplusone, #8words/#eightwords, #9words/#ninewords, #10words/#tenwords/#tenwordpoem

Microprose, fiction and stories
#vss #3ournal #fragment #xass #15tt #story140 #thepush

Micropoetry Word Prompt Games
#altwic #artwiculate #ashverse #capturedpoets #cappoets #fieryverse #haikuchallenge #heartsoup #liblit #lqw #madverse #ohj #orjay #poetheme #nahaiwrimo #thepush #soulhoot #story140 #xass #wordstew #5prompt #365story #15tt

NOTE: On twitter the accounts @SemperSum and @thewritelist do an amazing job of retweeting all of the word prompt games.

LIVE MICROPOETRY FROM TWITTER
Below is a selection of micropoetry that use a variety of hash tags. For a more detailed description of each tag, or see examples above:

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outside of consciousness on the perimeter we sit & wait our bodies entwined & lost forever to this temporary fate + #MSpoetry #mpy

Our starting point is blue we travel to our destination azure and swim into that clear deep navy ah indigo, ah turquoise ah blue, blue #mpy

It’s always magic, when my hand touches hers and, I got that feeling! #magic #haiku #vss #poem #micropoetry #amwriting #poetry #writing #mpy

A life shattered - my broken heart of stone, numb from lies, died long ago... embers of lost love smoldering in grey ashes #bibtp #vss #mpy

reptile-like skin, a bouquet of scepters reaching higher & higher in an immensely slow dance with the sun itself... #mpy #succulent #poem

We live, We learn, We give, We earn, We feel, We burn, When it heals, We turn, Never return.© #vss #mpy

Poetry unfurls like ribbons in the wind dancing across the sky swirling around going up ~ coming down flitting about like dragonflies #mpy

Your moment on a whim, And your so fleeting bride, The time is running slim; Our love is a joy ride. #WyldeVerse #mpy

And luminous threads do weave, Delicately through fingers, Blinding what the eyes perceive; Only their aura lingers. #SenseWrds #mpy

today we #skylark and let today be every tomorrow #mpy @Dictionarycom #wotd

Travels with my Auty pack extra case for your anxieties airport noise, security flight chats at night compare ship size and philosophy #mpy

Peace is just a dream All hope is bleeding out Our time is coming Reality is fading fast #fieryverse #vss #Poem #mpy #micropoetry #Poetry

You who took my sleep, who took my peace, who made my stomach turn and acid rise in panic to my throat. a #tinylittlepoem / #mpy / #poetry

Broken heart might peace to to an indolent calm innocence shattered blinded forever by the sandy glass #madverse #mpy #vss #poetry #poem

I love to love you, I hate to rub you the wrong way, We hug passionately, After a long day, We love off record, Let our song play. #mpy

lattice of stars percussive and bright canvas of fragmented dreams crystallised #cinquain #micropoetry #mpy

Me: Ice cream? You: Waffle cone? I knew we were meant to be. #truelove #soulmates #vss #mpy

Every poem is art Dripping my mind to the page I Spill Words like blood #Haiku #57 by @ArtMadnesz © #mypoem #poetry #art #mpy @Spill_Words

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