Friday, November 26, 2010

The Difference between Prose Poetry and Poetry, Truth and Bullshit

In her blog, Ohio poet Nin Andrews addresses the questions, what is the difference between prose poetry and poetry? Truth and bullshit?

Important questions, to be sure.

"It’s sort of like the difference between potato fritters and crème brule..."

Her answers are worth memorizing-- after all, there might be a test.


John B. Burroughs said...

There's a difference? ;)

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

While I'm posting links to Nin Andrews, her post explaining the economy in terms of a poetry contest is pretty good, too.

pottygok said...

I find the comment "a poem can still be a poem whether it is in prose or in verse." because a poem, ultimately, is defined by the use of prosody, which is all but eliminated if presented in prose. I'm not sure I buy the "difference between night and day...but just times of the day" analogy, as one contains a much stronger element of crafted control--more like the difference between day and a light bulb.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau