View Full Version : Campbell McGrath and prose poetry

December 18th, 2015, 05:43 PM
One of es's poet threads touched on what prose poetry may be, which reminded me of an excellent example.

A favorite of mine is Campbell McGrath's "The Prose Poem." To me such not only epitomizes my idea/goal of writing:

“The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.” ~ Edwin Schlossberg

but it does so in poetic prose that lingers in the mind, with presumedly the intent of the message doing just that.

The Prose Poem can be seen at:
[couldn't post it here without first obtaining permission from Tupelo Press.]

On the other hand I don't know how to classify the whole of Derek Walcott's "Omeros." To me, it's a lengthy story formatted in verses with slant rhymes occurring randomly, that doesn't linger on my mind. All the same he received the Nobel for it.

I wouldn't call it a narrative poem, as my idea of such is Baxter Black's "The Buckskin Mare" which is also a favorite, not that many of his are.

I also remember a narrative poem offering of Jen's, though I can't find it at the moment.

The point of this thread being maybe weighing in with your ideas of what constitutes good prose poetry, and examples of such we might learn from.

December 19th, 2015, 07:16 PM
prose poetry can mean dif things to dif people..the academic mind will give you a more in depth pov...but i often find with this that if everything needs to be defined and boxed to a T...it could become stale