Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Literary Criticism. A wide-ranging gathering of 34 brief essays and 66 prose poems by distinguished practitioners, THE ROSE METAL PRESS FIELD GUIDE TO PROSE POETRY is as personal and provocative, accessible and idiosyncratic as the genre itself. The essayists discuss their craft, influences, and experiences, all while pondering larger questions: What is prose poetry? Why write prose poems? With its pioneering introduction, this collection provides a history of the development of the prose poem up to its current widespread appeal. Half critical study and half anthology, THE FIELD GUIDE TO PROSE POETRY is a not-to-be-missed companion for readers and writers of poetry, as well as students and teachers of creative writing.
"'I'm not sure it matters all that much whether some poems are lined or not,' notes the poet James Harris in this anthology and exploration of prose poetry. Although Harris may be right, most of the 30 or so poets writing here spend a considerable amount of space trying to define or defend the prose poem. Contributor Beckian Fritz Goldberg quotes a student who calls prose poetry 'the ugliest girl at the party who is having the best time.' Indeed, many of these unusually accessible poems have elements of humor and pop culture that subvert the popular notion of poetry as rhymed stanzas on the topics of nature or death. But for the casual reader, few of the essays pop, and some of the poems read as too-obvious explorations of the genre, but the largest fault is of omission. By choosing to focus on contemporary poets alone, the editors have eschewed anyone whose work helped to create this genre. When over half of the poets reference the influence of Russell Edson, it's disappointing that Edson himself is absent." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)