The prose poem first appeared in 19th Century France as an act of rebellion. Poets like Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand and Arthur Rimbaud wrote prose poems to protest the predominance of the Alexandrine metered line. Breaking out of metered form, poets wrote in a block of text that resembled prose, but acted like poetry. Over the past hundred or so years, the prose poem has been used as an alternative to lineate verse by poets such as Charles Simic and Lyn Hejinian.
A prose poem is a weird jazz solo, a paradox, a whim and a testimony, a postcard, a peace offering. Prose poems offer the poet's greatest opporunity to revolt.
Please join me as we explore this exciting, "scary, no scary," diverse, and deadpan form!
-Danielle Mitchell is the author of the prose poem chapbook Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry, selected by Gail Wronsky for the Clockwise Prize forthcoming from Tebot Bach.
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Please note: This event was previously a Visiting Author Workshop with Chiwan Choi. Unfortunately, Chiwan had to cancel his visit to Poetry Lab. Things happen! But we will still be meeting tonight in Long Beach. Please join us!