Presenting Micropoetry

Whether it’s haiku, scifaiku, or other minimalist forms, I’ve been enjoying writing micropoetry for several years now.  The small sizes fit nicely into a hectic life.

Let’s look at some options WordPress affords for presentation.  Troubled by the automatic double-spacing when sharing your poetry? You can try using the <pre> tag in your coding.  I’ve also been experimenting with alignment settings, paragraph formats, and adding pictures in the case of poetry that isn’t a haiga.

Here are some examples using poetry published recently on the @wreaditor feed:

the moon
the blossoms
I cover my ears
catching
in these sails
your drift

riding

the rhythm

on a fret buzz

How do you like to present your poetry? What hasn’t worked?

10 thoughts on “Presenting Micropoetry

  1. I’m having nothing but difficulties formating with the WP app. It likes to eat my paragraph breaks and mash all my words together. Haven’t put up any poetry lately, but I plan to soon and am concerned about these very things. I don’t code. Perhaps I shall have to learn. Thanks for the tips!

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    1. I’m new to WP, but definitely eager to figure it out. Format is too important in poetry, especially. I also need to start figuring out dropcaps for HTML. The only coding I plan to discuss is inserting tags, though. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. I think poetry is very visual, but I might be biased because I started my art career as a visual artist. I have posted thousands of micropoems on twitter, rarely, & only accidentally meeting haiku criteria, & while twitter has expanded it’s expressive ability greatly since I started, it could still be better, sometimes my poems are all about the image of it, but often it is the image presented by the content of the poem itself. I know that I would present many of them differently if I were using the freedom of the page to do so.
    What came before
    mythology
    something
    too primitive
    for gods
    an all-powerful
    amoeba.
    Bauke Kamstra: Positively Wyrde (@Wyrde)

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    1. Strangely, I think the formatting came through on my phone, but doesn’t on a desktop. That’s very frustrating for any poet. I remember a sestina of mine once published without line breaks; completely ruined the piece. The best solution to this I’ve seen is presenting the poem as a picture (even cropped screen capture); then you have extra possibility of adding an image to the text. Sadly, some online publications will overlook great poems if the formatting is too complicated. Have you worked any with concrete poetry? That sounds like a form you might particularly enjoy. Your piece does work well with a curved format; reflecting the curving look into the past. I like it; reminds me a little of Diane Duane’s “The Wounded Sky,” which is also wonderful. Using sets of spaces didn’t work for me, but adding the “pre” and “/pre” tags gave me this:

      What came before
          mythology
              something
              too primitive
              for gods
          an all-powerful
      amoeba.

      -Bauke Kamstra: Positively Wyrde (@Wyrde)

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    1. Ha! I had the same problem; this editor ignores leading spaces in lines of regular text. But it came through on my phone’s reader. The Yellow Buick Review tackles this kind of issue, but for formatting poetry properly in ebooks.

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