Living Room, Tuesday Dec 13 7P w/ Anthony Warnke

Anthony Warnke

If, as Marvin Bell’s quote for last week’s Living Room suggests, poetry differs from prose for what it leaves out, why do some writers cast a poem in prose form? When does prose become poetry? When does poetry become prose? When do either prose or poetry become the prose poem? And how is the prose poem different from short-short/flash fiction? To get a general sense of the form, we will read prose poems from Charles Baudelaire, Russell Edson, Harryette Mullen, and several others. Then, we will do a prose-poem writing exercise and explore what the genre-challenging form can offer to our writing. Please bring any of your own work to share — prose-y, poem-y, or somewhere in between! Anthony Warnke is your guide.

Writers of all ages and skill levels gather @ SPLAB Tuesdays at 7P to read new work, the work of someone else or to just be in the engaging company of other writers. Your donation of $5 helps SPLAB continue our programming. Please bring 8 copies of the work you plan to read. If you do not bring copies, they are available for 10c.

About Splabman

SPLAB founder Paul Nelson wrote Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, German, 2008) as well as a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010). In 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others. Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, recent publications on and off-line include: Hambone, Pageboy, Menacing Hedge, Fieralingue, Rain Taxi, Solitary Plover, the Soul of the Earth anthology, Along the Rim: The Best of the Pacific Rim Review (Vol 2), Inactual, Raft magazine and Golden Handcuffs Review. He lives in Seattle, won the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from the Capilano Review and writes at least one American Sentence every day.
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