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Politics, tension and movement: in praise of the expressive magic of the prose poem

The best prose poems take some of the characteristics of prose, and some of the characteristics of poetry, and do something beyond the reach of either

By Charlotte Runcie   March 2019

Poet Claudia Rankine and dog Sammy at her home, September 26, 2014. Photo: Getty

There is no single perfect way to write about the here and now, but writers should always be trying to find it. It’s the major question facing poets, authors and journalists: how can we capture things as they really are?

One answer is by using the right form. The poetry critic and academic Jeremy Noel-Tod has edited a new Penguin anthology of a relatively young form of writing—the prose poem. Noel-Tod argues persuasively that the…

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