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Call 4 Submissions: “The Skinny Poetry Anthology”
Coming to Cherry Castle Publishing 11/29/2019

About The Skinny Poetry Form

A Skinny is a short poem form that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. All the lines in this form, except for the first and last lines, must be comprised of ONLY one word. The Skinny was created by Truth Thomas in the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University in 2005.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject, although the form generally reflects more serious concerns facing humankind. Also, Skinnys can be linked, much like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. (Note: As a matter of aesthetics, the plural form of the Skinny should be “Skinnys.”)

This anthology will be launched on Black Friday, 2019:
Feel free to email submissions to by 7/3/2019 7/31/2019 for publishing consideration.

***NOTE: To all of the wonderful poets who have blessed TSPJ with your work, thank you beyond words. I’ll be contacting many of you in the coming months in the hope of including your work in this first, comprehensive, printed collection of the Skinny form. Warmly, truth