The Skinny is the jazz of poetry, an American form developed by Truth Thomas. Like Japanese Haiku, it is short, sweet and flexible. Unlike Haiku, I don’t have to count syllables. I do have to count the lines, repeat line one at the end (line 11) and use the same line (or word) for line two, six and ten. I’ve found that I can write these from one thought, riff on one word and feel exhilarated when done.
Expression rattle inside me aching to be free
Freedom rattles inside me longing to be expressed
Addicted to the Skinny
Like popcorn, there is never enough
Like popcorn, there is never enough.