WORDS ABOUT WORDS
The prose poem is an effective means of seduction. For one thing, the deceptively simple packaging: the paragraph. People do not generally run for cover when they are confronted with a paragraph or two. The paragraph says to them: I won't take much of your time, and, if you don't mind my saying so, I am not known to be arcane, obtuse, precious, or high-falutin'. Come on in.
James Tate, American poet, quoted in Great American Prose Poems, David Lehmann ed., 2003
Posted on March 12, 2004 at 7:18 AM