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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Prose vs. Poetry

Prose is less exacting
more forgiving in its form and function.
Poetry is meticulous
brooks no errant sloppiness
frowns highly
on a pell mell approach
unless pell mell is calculated in the poet’s mind
executed with great precision
before tumbling across the page
in a torrent of black ink.





© 2008 Birdstory Publications

6 Comments:

Blogger /t. said...

one kind
of poetry is

and too, diplomatic prose
is often more exacting than some kinds of poetry

bird, i have toast 'n toe jam for you in the garden, and soon i will give you The Last Vision of Jeanne d'Arc

the two are not related

¤ ¤ ¤

/t.

June 12, 2008 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, it's a biased "poem" as not all poetry is precise and exacting and not all prose is loose and forgiving. but just had to generalize.

now i must swoop on over and see the toast n' toe jam!

flap/flap/flap

June 12, 2008 12:03 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

What a teacher!

June 12, 2008 6:14 PM  
Blogger CJ said...

I miss smoking Pell Mells

June 12, 2008 6:30 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

You said writing poetry wouldn't be easy. However, you do make it look effortless. I am envious.

I'll check back in early July.

June 13, 2008 12:08 PM  
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