Falling in Love With Prose Poems

Falling in Love With Prose Poems

An intensive weekend developing your own prose poem voice

When they began to gain attention in 19th century France, prose poems were conceived as acts of rebellion. So what is rebellious about the form and what is there to love about prose poems? Straddling prose and poetry, it’s an intelligent, malleable form; a curiously amphibian and adaptable creature. A metaphor. A paradox. When a line seemingly ends but continues. How do we navigate and populate a prose poem, draw its boundaries? And how lyrical must it be? In this weekend workshop we will study prose poems from Charles Baudelaire, John Ashbury, Vahni Capildeo, Patience Agbabi, Claudia Rankine, Jorie Graham, Carrie Etter, Sarah Howe and more. We will also engage with the hot-off-the-press anthology The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem and share what kinds of prose poems appeal to us and what doesn’t. Over the weekend participants will brave new techniques of storytelling, develop their own prose poem voice, compile a thematic sequence, or simply draw inspiration and produce new work in this exciting form.

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 November, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

All classes will be in our offices at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is a 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the ‘Lower Road’ exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, then walk straight ahead, crossing over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices come up on the left. The door for the school is at the far end of the building.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact [email protected] for further information.
Image Credit: Anthony Volodkin

About Jennifer Wong View Profile

Jennifer Wong was born and grew up in Hong Kong and is the author of two poetry collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press 2013). She studied English at Oxford and received an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the recipient of the Hong Kong Young Artist Award (Literary Arts) and has a creative writing PhD from Oxford Brookes University. Her poems have appeared in The Rialto, Magma Poetry, Oxford Poetry, World Literature Today, Stand, The North, Wildness, The Scores, Asian Cha, Voice & Verse, Prairie Schooner and others. She has also published translations in Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and Pathlight. Her new pamphlet will be published by Bitter Melon Poetry in the UK later this year. Her works have won the runner-up prize at the Bi’an Writers Awards. She has taught creative writing at Citylit London, Oxford Brookes and Poetry School.

‘Poetry School has encouraged me to keep learning and trying things out. I feel I have written more interesting poems as a result of Poetry School courses and being elderly it has helped to keep me in touch with a younger generation of poets with new approaches.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

Related Courses