THE PROSE POEM
- For our purposes, the prose poem will differ from a standard form poem in that there are no line breaks in the prose poem.
- The prose poem should make sense, though often in very poetic language, stretching boundaries. A confusing jumble of rambling words is not necessarily a prose poem, or at least not a good one.
- A prose poem is more than a narrative story told in a generic way; there is surprise in the language, variety in sentence length, but always the unexpected. It is not a paragraph of memoir or fact lifted from an essay or chapter of a work-in-progress. It is not an ordinary bit of writing.
- A longer prose poem may be better suited to being called "flash nonfiction." Terms in the literary realm can so conveniently overlap.
A few pages on the prose poem to explore
A few favorite EIR prose poems [and maybe some flash creative nonfiction, or both, so far]
from Issue 6:
Jane Hawley's A Self Portrait of the Writer as Minerva Hamilton Hoyt
Jesse Holth's Piñon Crackles
Amy Karon's Arizona Drought
Mercedes Lawry's Where Strength Has Wriggled In
Biman Roy's Of Moon and Washing Machine
All of Ellen Stone's 5 poems
A.M. Thompson's Greta, Gardening
Travis Truax's Driving Back & Ecotone
Bill Yarrow's Whoami
from our SmartApocalypse issue:
Heidi A. Howell's after the war
Jennifer Ruth Jackson's The Leavings of Flame
Alexandra Ledford's Scream
from issues 1-4:
Jenny Lara's Last One to the Sea
Kathleen Hellen's Signs
J A Knight's Life Code
Jane Harrington's Ossein Pith
Amaris Feland Ketcham's How We Echo
Alisa Golden's Switchbacks
Links to other favorite online prose poems
Jennifer Martelli's The Devil Tides
Zachary Schomburg's The Fire Cycle
Beginning in 2018, EIR will annually gift one submitter The Christine Prose Poetry Award for the best prose poem we choose from all acceptances.