Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Six Word Poems

I feel that Six Word Poems, a self-explanatory type of flash fiction, are quite simple in their objective and conceptual understanding, but they demand more from the poet to create an inspiring work of art because there are only a few words to move the reader. Hegel stresses the importance of the experience we get from reading a work of poetry, and I find that these poems are no exception. Each are remarkable because they have multiple interpretations especially because the voice of the speaker is unknown. If you take each poem from the male and female perspective, it is quite interesting. I find beauty in how versatile these poems are and how much they say with so little language.

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. —Ernest Hemingway

Longed for him. Got him. Shit. —Margaret Atwood

All those pages in the fire. —Janet Burroway

First sex. I came. She didn’t. —Sherman Alexie

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