What is the shortest poem?
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To me, a poem's degree of compression determines its "length" and often vice versa (i.e. the measure of meaning from a literal measure of words). 

Dickinson, Basho, Creeley, Armantrout — these poets exemplify this, despite not penning the "shortest" of poems. 

Although, like the initial post showed, there is also minimalist and visual poetry, which typically use deconstructive and/or optical (non-literary) approaches to composition. For example, Robert Grenier's handwriting or George Swede's disassembled words. 


Quote:"Missing" by George Swede

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Thiiief!

Similar tendencies can be traced back to the literary/multimedia experiments of the Dadaists and Futurists. 
“Nature is a haunted house—but Art—is a house that tries to be haunted.” - Emily Dickinson
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What is the shortest poem? - by RiverNotch - 06-04-2016, 02:21 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by ellajam - 06-04-2016, 07:54 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by RiverNotch - 06-04-2016, 08:04 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by ellajam - 06-04-2016, 08:42 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by RiverNotch - 01-29-2017, 02:46 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by QDeathstar - 06-04-2016, 09:40 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by Rogo - 01-16-2017, 05:33 AM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by RiverNotch - 01-27-2017, 12:18 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by CRNDLSM - 01-28-2017, 09:45 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by NobodyNothing - 01-29-2017, 01:47 PM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by kolemath - 01-29-2017, 08:23 PM
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RE: What is the shortest poem? - by QDeathstar - 05-17-2017, 03:12 AM
RE: What is the shortest poem? - by burrealist - 05-17-2017, 06:51 AM
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RE: What is the shortest poem? - by burrealist - 05-20-2017, 03:51 AM
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