The Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal

Since its inception in 1992, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, has published work which even the writers themselves cannot define without resorting to metaphor. Russell Edson likens prose poems to “cast-iron aeroplanes that can actually fly,” while Charles Simic states that writing them is like “trying to catch a fly in a dark room. The fly probably isn’t even there…you keep tripping over and bumping into things in hot pursuit.” Nonetheless, Johnson knows a prose poem when he reads one. Better still, he recognizes a good one and has included many of them here. Poets include Edson, Simic, Robert Bly, Louis Jenkins, Kim Addonizio, David Ignatow, James Tate, and many others, both well-known and emerging.


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