As this semester has continued, I have found more and more that I’m very interested in examining how form (or a lack thereof, formally) can lend to the idea or message a poem is trying to convey. I keep circling back to prose poems, primarily because they both befuddle and intimidate me. I want to work through my stuck-ness on them, and on form in general. I’ve yet to attempt this prompt myself, but break isn’t quite over yet, so we’ll see where I land when I do.
Prompt: Take a lineated poem you’ve written and re-write it as a prose poem. Don’t just remove breaks; find a way to make the poem function in its new form. Try to retain the original tone that the lineated piece had (unless, of course, the piece is pulling in a different direction. You can follow that, too. Or do both. See what happens). Put the lineated & prose piece side-by-side. What differences do you find between the two? How did the poem change when you couldn’t use line breaks or form to help tell the poem?