Twitter: Sharing Micro Poetry

Twitter is a wonderful source of micro poetry – in a range of different genre and popular postings are shared with “retweets” many times over.

Tweet streams coalesce around #hashtags like #5lines, #tanka, #haiku, #haikuchallenge, #lqw,  #sixwords, #threewords, #gogyokha, #senryu, #pentastich, and  #artwiculate, many with their predefined rules of engagement.

Earlier in its life, Twitter postings for #haiku, #tanka and #senryu were structured around their traditional styles.

The daily #haikuchallenge demands not only a traditional #haiku but one that includes the WOTD – the word of the day.

On the other hand, #5lines and #gogyohka are very popular, because of the flexibility of expression that is still limited by the 140 character limit on Twitter and many writers are skilled in both traditional and less structured micro-poetry. #GPoem streams ask for a WOTW (Word of the Week) in the #5lines or #gogyohka format.

Succinct posts of only #sixwords or #threewords challenge creative skills – to paint a compelling picture in very few words.

On  Twitter, micro poetry is more relaxed and while it might pain the purists, the more flexible writing styles invite many more to share and sharpen their writing skills.

Part of the #haiku fun on Twitter is sharing in a Twitter Haiku party, where the tweets are all written in #haiku, using a specific word, such as “vast”

A favourite topic (cats?) will also invite lots of participants and having a twitter party is not restricted to posting in micro-poetry, either. Article from @ABCTech Website on Hosting A Twitter Party

If you are attracted by the concept of micro-poetry, why not join one of the Twitter Tweetstreams and join the party?  There are lovely people there with whom to share your thoughts.



  1. I have just launched a micropoetry website called PS SMS, The Poet Society of Social Media & SMS. It was set up to encourage people to partake in micropoetry and to have a go at writing micropoems.

    It has an in-depth twitter micropoetry section with detailed descriptions of what each hash tag means. It displays a live twitter feed showcasing examples for each tag. It also has a page listing hundreds of twitter micropoets, linking to their twitter profiles, and a links page linking to micropoetry websites.

    Please take a look and tell me what you think…


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