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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You have stolen safety, you have sown the seed of doubt, each anxious step, each worried breath, each unknown end. #tinylittlepoem / #mpy

Hot and steamy This 12:03 Waking up to adventure Taking on Anything intriguing by Nature. #Sensewrds #mpy #5lines #Fieryverse

vast concrete jungle quenches my deepest yearning for city's heartbeat #CHIku #urbanku #haiku #poetry #mpy

Wake me when this week arrives at better day- dreams are my avoidance. ow.ly/jUGV301LHwn #poem #amwriting #mpy pic.twitter.com/HfSCfDEYxs

unspoken last words no heart to express goodbye to dreams once alive #haikuthrowdown #haiku #poetry #mpy

Today I need a #towser to chase down them fools to bark at evil and most of all to cuddle #mpy @dictionarycom #wotd

free me from this pain undo the addiction I have suffered tired of being intoxicated I want to start anew #DrugVerse #poetry #mpy

images sculpted on walls of the brain deep imprints of future never to arrive #MSpoetry #5lines #poetry #mpy

you won't see me but I'm still here mending my torn soul wishing forgiveness in my blood was boundless #HomoAquarius #poetry #mpy

can we look back and revise the choices we made? can we go back and revive the love before it fades? #VerseReversal #poetry #mpy

Yoghurt, blackberries, cornflakes within to water, cheese-sandwich, coffee #breakfast #haiku #micropoetry #vss #amwriting #poem #poetry #mpy

you note soap suds/along the blade,/serrations nick/the sponge wiping/it, as one tool/necessitates/more between you/and what you touch #mpy

scars exposed naked I came to you You laughed and turned away writing words of love and lust to another mystery lover #poetry #mpy #vss

And when the world is drowning with water on all sides, I'll brush your lips with my fingertips & together face the tide. #love #mpy

When one dwells in a box of a room, hope shines from within. @Rockclima #mpy

I never question what is mine it all comes out in the wash of raindrops blooms & spider silk the taste of honest love #fieryverse #mpy

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