Baudelaire defined the prose poem as a form musical without rhyme or rhythm, supple and jerky enough to adapt to the lyric movements of the soul, to the undulations of reverie, to the somersaults of conscience. This supple and jerky form can allow us to write about things we haven’t been able to approach before in wide, imaginative ways. We’ll look at prose poems from the minds of diverse poets (Claudine Rankine, Alan Shapiro, Ada Limon, Danez Smith) to use them as models for our own explorations. Expect to leave with at least six breakthrough prose poems. New and experienced writers welcome.
Cathie Desjardins was Arlington Poet Laureate from 2017- 2019. A former faculty member at Lesley University and The Institute for Learning and Teaching at UMass/Boston, she has taught writing to all ages from kindergartners to graduate students and seniors and continues to teaches regularly at Grub Street. Her work has been published in Cognoscenti, and in many newspapers, periodicals and journals. She has written two books of poetry, With Child, and, recently, Buddha in the Garden, both from Tasora Press.