This poem was written by Aram Saroyan, an Armenian-American poet, novelist, biographer, memoirist and playwright. Saroyan’s four-legged “m” has been cited in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s shortest poem. The meaning of it has been subject to discussion. Some have called it: “a closeup of an alphabet being born” – Bob Grumman. Its sells still in the process of dividing, ‘m’ and the ‘n’, not quit separated. It is also a pun on “I am”, implying the formation of consciousness itself.
Aram Saroyan was also the author of the most controversial poem that simply read: “lighght” in the center of a blank page. This poem was selected by George Plimpton to be featured in The American Literary Anthology and received a $500 cash award from the National Endowment for the Arts, resulting in a huge controversy involving the US government. Read all about the controversy by following the link: How seven letters managed to freak out an entire nation. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in his work, evidenced by the publication in 2007 of several previous collections reissued together as Complete Minimal Poems.
His father William Saroyan was also a famous author.
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Foolish! When did a letter or a symbol become a poem? Such is a sketch, not a poem.
Well it’s a matter of taste off course, but technically a letter can be a poem. Poetry is a form of literary art which uses aesthetic or rhythmic properties of language to mean more than it normally would. Here watch this 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F7quI-MbzY
Just because anything can be a poem, doesn’t mean anything can be a good poem
(that “m” thingy, isnt realy a letter anyway:P)
How can it be ‘ P ‘ ? It would be a ‘m’ and a ‘n’ together .
Its an emoticon you idiot the ”:P” is a lil face with its tongue out
i tink its dumb indeed
I’ve got his friend, his name is henderson
He’s so alike to a church preacher
I think of him as my best frienderson
Definitely the best english teacher
i can write shorter poem…
still its creativity
it shows self obsession and how much every one is self absorbed in their own self
omg this is genius give this man an award
I had the same thought before I read yours — I.
But the letter ‘ I ‘ don’t mean anything .
shortest poem is ur pp