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Prose writers need poems, too: Editor's Notes #234
April 30, 2017
Hello,

"My’new’ style may be less ornate,
but it still matters to me what it sounds like.
A writer who can't be bothered with the sound of his or her prose needs to find another line of work."

--Caitlín R. Kiernan


In this issue:

1. Prose writers need poems, too
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt

1. Prose writers need poems, too
April is poetry month. Not all writers are poets. Poetry is still important to all writers.

Two aspects of poetry translate well to all writing.

First, poetry uses compressed language. I tell my clients that all extra characters, chapters, paragraphs, sentences, words, and syllables have to earn their way onto the page. Anything extra must be removed. While this is important in prose, it is vital in poetry.

Second, poetry is about the sound of words. (I studied a concrete poem that was a series of numbers, proving there is an exception to every rule.) Most poetry needs to be spoken to be fully appreciated. Both the rhythm or meter and the rhymes matter. Prose may not rhyme most of the time, but the meter of excellent prose informs and pleases the reader.

You may never study or write poetry. If you are a writer, set aside some time to read poetry. Read it aloud. Let it seep into your bones. When aspects of excellent poetry find their way onto the pages of your prose, they elevate your work.

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2.Tickled my funnybone
Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.

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3. Interesting Web site
Although what I’ve written above is not about prose poetry, here is a page that those explains prose poetry and gives examples.
https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/prose-poem-poetic-form

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4. Writing prompt
Here is a whole month of writing prompts for writing poems. Try a few.
http://www.agodon.com/uploads/2/9/4/3/2943768/writing_prompts_by_kelli_russell_agodon.pdf

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