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The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice Paperback – April 7, 2010
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It looks as if the prose poem ungirdles the latent surrealist, fabulist, Baudelairean flaneur and Joycean punster in many a writer of mainstream American verse. Here is a collection of testimonies to a fertile and potent modern form that is still going strong in its third century. Prose plus poetry? As Rimbaud might say - in fact, did say once in a prose poem Drôle de ménage! --Mark Jarman
If ever you find the prose poem wandering your neighborhood with its strange and beautiful hands stuffed sadly in its pockets, spellbound and feral, searching its body for the lines that keep it, go to it and give the fantastic mongrel The Field Guide so it can find its way back to itself for here is a guide that honors its anatomy with the same bewilder and brilliance that designed its first breath. --Sabrina Orah Mark
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The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry doesn't try to explicitly answer that question. Instead, the essays within are used as catalysts to get into the minds of how actual poets write and discuss their prose poems. I don't want to overuse the phrase "personal essay" here, and though there are at least a few essays that are more scholarly, many of them are entertaining and insightful enough not only to give us a sense of who the poet is, but also how they go about creating their art.
Though this seems obvious, we've all read essays about poetry that become too long, stuffy, circuitous, confusing, etc. In this anthology, however, most of the essays are around 3-7 pages long, and each includes 2 poems by each poet. So not only is the variation great--both the included poems and writing style from each poet--but after reading the entire anthology, it becomes an easier task for a professor who wants to teach from it; out of 34 essays, there are many to pick and choose from. That said, at under 200 pages, this would also work as a great primary text for a full semester.
Insightful, engaging, varied, highly accessible, and handsomely designed, the editors and the press have done a great job here through and through. Whether it's for personal enjoyment, or you're looking to find an anthology on the prose poem for a future course you're teaching, this is where you want to start.
As mentioned in the above reviews, this somewhat slender volume offers ample material for an in-depth college course on the appreciation and practice of prose poetry. Since I have no such campus courses near me, however, I thought that other potential readers might encounter this problem too. So I wanted to let you all know that, if you're also an isolated poet, poetry lover, or poetry student who must study informally on your own or at home, you will most likely find this book to be helpful with enticing examples and diverse explications of the genre.
Regardless of your personal tastes in poetry, this delicious assortment of prose poems and essays will guide you into a rich appreciation and (quite possibly) ongoing appetite for prose poetry. What most surprises me, though, is that I'm now finding prose poems suddenly coming to me, unbidden and waiting to be written in a genre I had never before taken seriously but now love.
I just love that.
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Just what I needed--many perspectives on the prose poem. Very inspiring.Published 8 months ago by Patricia M. Bindert
I bought this book for a Prose Poetry course I was taking at UCR, and I wasn't expecting this to be a great book honestly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sophia Yamaoto
Wow, this book is a treasure. You’ve heard the question, if you were stranded on a desert island, what one book would you want to have with you? Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. L. Black
This excellent guide to the prose poem presents explication by thirty-four different poets as to exactly what makes a prose poem a poem, as opposed to simply particularly lovely... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Auntie Annie