The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) is a literary journal dedicated to 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.NOTE: 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. TSPJ is based in Washington, D.C., and edited by Truth Thomas (in concert with a team of other D.C. based poets).
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@ with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.