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Shortest poem

The shortest poem in the English language consists of only two words, “I, why?”‘

John Claypool is among the best half-dozen contemporary ‘writing preachers’ in the English language. Here’s something for Lent – http://jmm.org.au/articles/2855.htm

to which a friend responded:

The second shortest is:

“For sale, baby shoes, never worn.”

By E Hemingway


I saw your website with shortest poem.  Below is the poem with it’s author’s name.  The American poet Eli Siegel.  I hope you correct it on your website.
Thank you.
Faith Stern

One Question 
   I —  
   Why ?

by Eli Siegel

From Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana: Poems (Definition Press) © 
1957 by Eli Siegel


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