A short short is a really, really small short story
, usually only a few paragraphs long. It is very difficult to write a good short short because you don't have a lot of space to mess around - every word must count. In many ways the short short is that point were the short story meets the poem
. The short short has become an increasingly popular genre in recent years, with several collections of them being published lately.
Some of my favorite short shorts are:
A Story About the Body, by Robert Hass
The Wig, by Brady Udall
Rosary, by Robert Kelly
The Colonel, by Carolyn Forche