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August 9.22: Coping, but barely


I am going to try to learn something new, dear reader: prose poetry. Apparently the main difference between poetry and prose poetry is form: whereas poetry uses word arrangement on the page to convey (or obscure) meaning, prose poetry is written in the plainness of paragraphs (I wonder if writers dream in alliteration).

Some of you have written prose that I think occasionally morphs into poetry, and I always have to read it over to try to figure out how it snagged me. The Poetry Foundation has an elegant example of Prose Poetry by Amy Lowell. It is instructive to me. Some of the other examples are not so helpful.

I expect my attempts to be awkward, but I want to see if I can figure it out. Consider yourself warned.




19 thoughts on “August 9.22: Coping, but barely

  1. Oh, you can do this, I have no doubt about it. I’m looking forward to it. Happy Tuesday, Maureen. You are with words like Jon Batson is with his camera – both experts in your field of interest. 🙂

    • Thanks, Judy. I sure don’t feel like much of an expert, but, as with gardening, we always see how much more we have to learn. Happy Tuesday to you too!

  2. I am looking forward to this, Maureen. I’ve never heard of prose poetry, but I think I have seen some. I’m sure you are up for the challenge.

  3. I’ve often heard the phrase “prose and poetry” but I never bothered to learn what that meant. Now I’m going to learn along with you! You are more than up to this challenge Maureen.

    You say that writing is fumbling around. Life is fumbling around. Go for it! I’m getting the popcorn ready for the cheering section!

    • Thanks, Ginger! You make a great point: life is indeed fumbling around! I too have known of prose and poetry but the concept of Prose Poetry is a new one for me. I think it isn’t new at all, but just new for me. I’ve been scratching my head about it for a while and then decided I should try it. I love what Amy Lowell wrote so I have an idea of what it’s supposed to be. I’d like to know how long it took her to come up with something so brief but so finely worded.

  4. Forewarned is forearmed. You got this, Maureen. I am here for the reading.

  5. I’m looking forward to it. Mind you, I think you often use prose poetry in a comment.

    • Thanks, Susan. The concept of poetry is confounding enough; as a prose hybrid it puts my head in the same category as the Hadron Collider — a lot of collision in my head, though not exactly at high speeds.

      • Your reference is apt as I suspect the Hadron Collider of making science less prosaic. A sentence such as ‘A glueball is a bound state of gluons with no valence quarks’ can’t be anything other than prose poetry can it?

      • I thank you! It’s hard to remain upright while laughing like this, but I am up to the challenge. That’s a beauty!

  6. I’m looking forward to this!

  7. Fumbling? You should see my first paper piece quilt project! We need to stretch our horizons right? Will stay tuned 😊

  8. I suspect you might be an incurable keeper-upper! Resign yourself!

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