Monday, June 06, 2011


Prose and poetry are not opposites. Poetry, the art of the maker, is all there is — Greek or Latin, poesis is what is made, it is.

Prose is one kind, it is straight like plucking a strand of hair and pulling it taut. Prose is poetry without the verse or meter, or at least, without the conscious framework of such. Some people say, "O your prose is so poetic!" and I thank them and I think they miss the point, for all prose is poetry, just pulled straight.

Remember that poetry is making, prose is just poetry sans ornamentation and artifice. We are all poets, and we sleep and dream, we rise and speak and write, and all things we make new.

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