Short can be Sweet

February 5, 2018

Hello everybody! I’m back with another blog post! This week I thought I would talk about length.


How long does a poem have to be?


If you had the opportunity to join us the other week for the Poetry Writers’ Workshop, then you’ll know the answer is not long at all! Detroit’s own, Ken Mikolowski, taught us that a short simple poem can have a huge impact. In fact, his book, That That is a collection of such short poems. Ken’s poems range from amusingly witty to somber and thoughtful – and all of them are a few, short, simple lines. His brand of minimalism is a refreshing take on poetry.


If you’re like me, you’re often far too critical of your own work. Maybe you spend hours staring at the page, wondering what else you can add to make it just right. The suggestion I would offer is that maybe your poem is already complete. Maybe you’ve already said what you needed to say. So take another look at your work and ask yourself if it’s already finished. Just because you didn’t write the next sweeping epic like Homer, doesn’t mean your work is lacking substance.


I have to say it was a pleasure meeting Ken, and if any of you would like to learn more about him and his work, you can do so here




what you art

-Ken Mikolowski


I wish you all the best in your writing, and don’t forget that we’re always here to help! Pictures of the Poetry Writer’s Workshop can be viewed at the Poetry Leaves website and if you have any questions, we would love to hear from you at


Until next time,


Kegan Davis



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