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 Historicising the Prose Poem 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, among many others. In this way, we’ll appreciate the range of approaches prose poets have taken, in their use of surrealism, their variation of register, their approach to paragraphing, 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. Live chats on Mondays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 20 May 2019.

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About Carrie Etter View Profile

American expatriate Carrie Etter has been writing and publishing prose poetry for over thirty yearsShe 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.

‘I’d have to say the biggest thing for me is collaborating with poets around the world. It’s amazing to hear the different voices and work together with people on creating beautiful poetry.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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