There is a new and bold movement taking over the world of poetry. Where once poems were sweeping tales of beauty and sadness, meant to evoke a wide range of emotions, this new trend balks at the lengthy and word-filled pieces of yesterday. Challenging its writers to try something new, micro poetry packs the punch of its more verbose relatives, while saving syllables.

What makes this form so intriguing to poets looking to stretch their mental muscles? Poetry has never had hard and fast guidelines. From humble Haiku to sprawling Epic, poetry can be any length, and about any thing.  Micro poetry is about condensing the thoughtfulness normally attributed to poem crafting, and delivering it in the fewest characters. Poignant, powerful, and poetic, these mini-poems are great for poetry fan and poet, alike.

For those who enjoy the release of writing poetry, micro poetry offers a challenge by upsetting their regularly practiced form. Asking the poet to search their minds for the perfect words, micro poetry is like lifting weights for the brain. We spend our whole lives looking for words, digging into our mental thesaurus to communicate with others. Imagine only having fifty characters to do it?

Rick MaackA unique challenge for those who consider themselves poetically inclined, micro poetry offers a loose set of rules to further drive poets into finding the perfect words. Without room for colorful language and flowery terms, micro poetry is the heart of the artform from which it gets its namesake. To transform words, and those willing to read them.