What is it about compact poetry that makes it special? Makes it seem more charged?
For me, compact poems are all essence. Sometimes, a small poem can be a good sign that the poet put the pen down before the spirit left him. Most poets know this, but haiku is a process that tries to ensure it.
The following haiku by Gary Hotham are great examples of this:
tonight’s hotel room –
the stain on the rug
nothing to worry about
early in the night—
the stars we can see
the space for more
Both of these leave me at the edge of my seat. The compression in haiku is where the power comes from. As Tom Waits advises in his song, “Get Behind the Mule,” “Always keep a diamond in your mind,” especially when considering haiku.