Poems and stories come in many shapes and sizes

I love serendipity.  Today my copy of New Suden Fiction arrived.  It’s a book of short-short stories edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas, and I can’t wait to dig in since lately I’ve been totally enthralled with ultra short or flash fiction. Then, tonight I came across an article in The Guardian quoting the British Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy about how texting is like writing poetry.  Here’s what she says.

The poem is a form of texting … it’s the original text,” says Carol Ann Duffy. “It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language – it’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is. We’ve got to realise that the Facebook generation is the future – and, oddly enough, poetry is the perfect form for them. It’s a kind of time capsule – it allows feelings and ideas to travel big distances in a very condensed form.”

Duffy also makes comparisons between poetry and rap music, and I think she’s right on here too.  In fact, you may want to check the whole article out. 

I couldn’t agree more with Duffy, but I’m inclined to go a little further…I’m excited about the idea of texts, tweets, and yes, even facebook status posts, as both poems and miniature stories. I’m not suggesting that all texts and tweets are poems and/or stories, but it’s so cool that they can be.

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