Reading like a writer means looking at the choices the writer of a text has made and considering the effect these choices have on us. In this class, we will read selections of short prose texts – prose poems, flash fiction, micro-essays, and the like – and investigate how they work, be it dramatically, lyrically, or intellectually, always with an eye to what we can take away for our writing practice. Over the course of four meetings, we will explore diverse aspects of modern literature by bringing our attention to selected prose poems from the last century. These readings will serve as inspiration for your creative work. This class will be broken up into four sections; Narrative Prose Poems, Thing-Poems, Ideas and Patterns. Our final class will be an opportunity to share your work with your peers.