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.

Flash Fiction

I’ve spent the entire day writing, and I’ve only managed to get three lines written.  Yep. Three lines.  And, it’s all Bev’s fault!  Ok, that’s  a slight exaggeration, but not totally off the mark.  You see, Bev Rosenbaum works as a contract editor for McGraw-Hill Ryerson and she put out a call for some micro or flash fiction for a digital bank resource for high school students.  I couldn’t help myself.  I love flash fiction.  If you haven’t heard of it, it’s super short stories.  Basically, the twitter type, which, I know seems impossible.  But it’s not.  You have to have a beginning, a middle and and end, all in 140 characters. Strive for a twist in the ending as well. It’s hard to do, but so much fun.  Here’s one I wrote today on trying to impress a girl with skateboarding tricks.


I ride by Annie’s.

She’s hanging with a friend.

My 360 rocks and my railslide trick is slick.

I slam a kickflip ollie and have to limp away.



Give it a try.  It’s hard, but so much fun.