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Micropoetry is a genre of poetic verse including twaiku (also known as twihaiku or twitter poetry) and captcha poetry, which is characterized by its extreme brevity.

While short poems are most associated with the haiku, the emergence of microblogging sites in the 21st century created a modern venue for epigrammatic verse. Possibly the earliest identification and coinage of the term "twitter poetry" came from Michael Tippet on November 27, 2007[1].

Generally, micropoetry practitioners do not consider their work to be flarf poetry, which is the deliberate satire of poetic form not intended to be serious.

Micropoetry does, however, share an overarching ethos with flarf, spoetry, and digital poetry -- the belief that poetic style can be found in almost any text.

Micropoetry often shares the quality of found poetry, where poetic style is discovered in text not intended to be poetic. A famous early example of this was Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin's twitter feed, which comedian Conan O'Brien and actor William Shatner spoofed as poetry[2].



In order to fit the most meaning into few characters, micropoetry often breaks traditional rules of grammar and lexicon, as in this example:

evrywhr:i c mmnts crl'd back like lips
frm ancnt teeth;evrywhr:i C the bones,their shapes ntwined in2 the
flowrs of gd's infnite
spirogrph [3]

The form is also often characterized by spontaneous and rapid production and dissemination, as in the King's Place Twitter contest, judged by Yoko Ono. The winning poem from that May 2009 contest was written by Simon Brake:

beneath the Morning Sun,
The city is painted gold,
People move like bees through honey[4]

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