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

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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