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.