Today’s chess poem…

PROSE POETRY: Prose poetry is poetry written in prose instead of using verse but preserving poetic qualities such as heightened imagery, parataxis and emotional effects.



“When I write prose poems, I think of them as developing from a center outward, and that center is often not a premise or even the beginning of a narrative, it is simply a discrete thought, often simply an arresting image, which then comes into collision with another, and the thing starts stitching itself together, or it doesn’t. Unlike the verse line, with its strictly regulated length, the sentence in a prose poem is a virtually limitless space, and therefore the role of compression in composition is crucial. Every word, every mark of punctuation, every syntactical choice must contribute to the sharp jab that is, for me at least, the mark of a good prose poem.” — Theodore Worozbyt

Theodore Worozbyt has received grants from the NEA, and the Georgia and Alabama Councils for the Arts. He holds an MFA in Poetry and a Ph.D. in American and British Romantic literature from The University of Alabama, where he teaches. His poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Alice Blue, 42opus, American Poetry Journal, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, Crazyhorse, Faultline, Hotel Amerika, kaleidowhirl, Kulture Vulture,Mississippi Review Online, New England Review, National Poetry Review, North American Review, Passages North, The Southern Review and Verse Daily. A critical essay, “Watermarks,” will appear in Questions: for Derrida , from SUNY Press. His chapbook, A Unified Theory of Light, is currently out from Dream Horse Press, and his first full-length collection, The Dauber Wings, winner of the first American Poetry Journal Book Prize


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