The Impossible Prose PoemThe Impossible Prose Poemhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/215432Woodside Cottage Meditation Room2012-11-15T20:00:002012-11-15T21:00:00
November 15, 8:00PM–9:00PM
Woodside Cottage Meditation Room
In his Petits Poèmes en prose, or Le Spleen de Paris, Charles Baudelaire sketches the elusive lines between poetry and prose and the immense allure of prose poetry itself. Baudelaire writes: “Which one of us, in his moments of ambition, has not dreamed of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical, without rhythm and without rhyme, supple enough and rugged enough to adapt itself to the lyrical impulses of the soul, the undulations of reverie, the jibes of conscience?”
With its paradoxical label and form based in contradiction the prose poem is a hybrid genre of extraordinary possibilities. Yet even Russell Edson, one of the great contemporary practitioners of the genre, says that he hesitates “to use the word form when speaking of prose poems, because for all the interesting poets who have written them, the prose poem has yet to yield up a method.” The Impossible Prose Poem will be a group reading of prose poems by Haverford students and established poets. The program will include students in the Introduction to Creative Writing Poetry Workshop, the Poetry Reading Group (PRG), and members of Haverford's English Department. Light refreshments will be served.
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