Historicising the Prose Poem

Historicising the Prose Poem

Trace the prose poem's origins from Rimbaud to Rankine.

Still wondering if prose poetry is an oxymoron, or interested in deepening your knowledge of this heterogeneous, exciting form? In this course, we’ll use the widely acclaimed new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, edited by Jeremy Noel-Tod, to acquaint ourselves with poems from the form’s origins by Bertrand, Baudelaire, and Rimbaud, move through its history with poems by Stein, Ponge, and Bishop, and conclude with contemporary examples by Rankine, Carson, and Capildeo – amongst many others. In this way, we’ll appreciate the range of approaches prose poets have taken, in the use of surrealism, variation of register, approach to paragraphing, etc., and draw on these approaches in our own prose poems. Fortnightly chat sessions will provide the opportunity to discuss how these elements work in practice and how to use them most effectively.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks, starting 11 May 2020. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT; first live chat 25 May.

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About Carrie Etter View Profile

American expatriate Carrie Etter has been writing and publishing prose poetry for over thirty years. She has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and individual poems in Boston Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, Poetry Review, TLS, and elsewhere. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

‘Poetry School has given me the opportunity to share work with skilled and interested poets. There is no local poetry group close to where I live, so this has been a fantastic opportunity. The tutor (Carrie Etter) was enthusiastic and encouraging throughout the course – clearly an expert in the genre of prose poetry and a lover of poetry. Her enthusiasm was infectious.’

– Summer 2019 survey response

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