In my reading of Aaron Shurin’s poetry for this week, I found myself very caught up in the fact that most of his poems seem to be prose poems. While I don’t want to detract from Sara’s presentation, I am very interested in some of the issues that his poetry brings up–particularly the idea of what prose poetry is. We’ve talked a little about it in class, but I don’t recall us ever coming to a succinct definition as to what prose poetry is. Building on that, where is the line between prose poetry and lyric essays? What is the difference between the two? In my mind, a prose poem is typically rather short, while a lyric essay is longer. However, a lyric essay seems to embody a bit more of a sense of the narrative than a prose poem does, as prose poems are a space to explore images & more abstract ideas. So what happens if (as in the Shurin) a poem is both long and abstract? Is there a defining line between prose poetry and lyric essays? I’m not sure there is, but you all might have different/more concrete definitions. How do you all differentiate?