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The Skinny Poetry Journal – Call for Submissions: Poems 2 Resist Racism

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The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) aims to reflect the stunning cultural diversity embodied in the work of writers worldwide. As we are a journal birthed and based in the United States by editors of color, we are keenly interested in featuring work that honestly addresses the turbulent socio-political tenor of our times (especially poems  that challenge the hatred of racism). We value the work and worth of all people equally—black folks, white folks, Latinos, all folks LGBTQ, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Voices of Veterans and more. Our reading period never closes. Send us your work and we’ll send you back our best timely reply concerning it, usually within one month’s time.

-Truth Thomas
 

The Skinny Poetry Journal
https://theskinnypoetryjournal.wordpress.com/

TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, 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, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.

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. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.

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Poetry Form Matters: Truth Thomas and The Skinny

An American poetry form by Truth Thomas

A Skinny is a short poem (a fixed 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. (Note: Words in the last line of Skinnys do not have to match exactly words in the first line. They can have variations of root words, like Sestinas.) The Skinny was created by Truth Thomas in the literary crucible of the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University. The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) is based in Washington, D.C., and edited by Truth Thomas.

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. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your Skinnys for TSPJ publishing consideration, email: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email. Here is an example of a Skinny:

Old Testament Kwon Do
Boards don’t hit back—you must
if
beaten
like
omelets
if
whipped
like
cream
if
Boards don’t hit back, you must—

Truth Thomas
from Speak Water

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(photo by Melanie Henderson)