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The Prose Poem:
An International Journal

Web Issue V

Introduction to this issue: In editing The Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, I feel humble and defensive at the same time. First, I am humbled by my inability to articulate anything close to absolute criteria for my "best of" selections. I have read so many prose poems over the past eight years that I feel as if a large gray eraser is squatting in the hollow of my head. I am not even sure what my criteria are, anymore . . .
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Warning to the Reader
Robert Bly

The Sound
Maxine Chernoff

The Bait
Jon Davis

Russell Edson

Russell Edson

Richard Garcia

Homicidal Domicile II: Night of the No-Par
Bill Knott

A Poem For Ahab
P. H. Liotta

Hammer and Nail
Naomi Shihab Nye

Ahead and Behind
Francis Picabia

Euphemia Gray's Pubis
Charles Simic

Heroic Moment
Charles Simic

All Over the Lot
James Tate

"I discovered a journal . . ."
Gary Young

"My son is learning. . ."
Gary Young

Editorial Board

Editor: Peter Johnson

Assistant Editors: Brian Johnson and Karen Klingon

Contributing Editors: Robert Bly, Russell Edson, David Ignatow, Sibyl James, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Charles Simic

Web Fellow: Mike Neff


Manuscripts are not being considered at this time, either electronically or otherwise. Thank you.

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     "Which one of us, in his moments of ambition, has not dreamed of a miracle of poetic prose, musical without rhythm and without rhyme, supple enough and rugged enough to adapt itself to the lyrical impulses of the soul, the undulations of reverie, the jibes of conscience?"

      --Charles Baudelaire
     "How fortunate is the world that it does not depend on my will. How fortunate am I that you keep watering the stem of our love, even when it withers, even when it has nothing to give."

      -- Ruth Behar
     "The winter her body no longer fit, walking felt like swimming in blue jeans and a flannel shirt. Everything stuck to her skin: gum wrappers, Band-Aids, leaves. How she envied the other girls, especially the kind who turned into birds. They were the ones boys hand-tamed, training them to eat crumbs from their palms or sing on cue."

      -- Nin Andrews

Past Issues
of The Prose Poem

Web Issue IV

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From the Archives
of The Prose Poem

from Noir
Fred Muratori

My Blue Heaven
Max Winter

Toni Olofsson

A Piece of Black Coal Found Under a Tree
Robert Bly

Jay Meek

Mary Koncel

Thursday Afternoon: Life is Sweet
Holly Iglesias

Night Fishing
Nin Andrews

Pslam for Fay
Philip Dacey

Black Box
David Lazar

Paol Keineg

Nin Andrews

The Prodigal Son: Amnesty
Dionisio D. Martinez

Robert Clinton

The Goldilocks Compulsion
Russell Edson

A Village
Michael Martone

The Body
Gabriela Mistral

Trivial Pursuit
Charles H. Webb

Robert Perchan

Against the Evidence
A Book Review

Dear Shahid,
Agha Shahid Ali

The Obsession
Nin Andrews

Warning to the Reader
Robert Bly

The Accident
John Bradley

In this moment ...
Ales Debeljak

Alphabet Soup
Stuart Dybek

Russell Edson

The Way We Live
Elke Erb

The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
Lawrence Fixel

David Ignatow

October Lambs
Sybil James

Louis Jenkins

Self-Portrait (Kneeling)
Brian Johnson

After the Weather
Mary A. Koncel

Light Singing Before the Earth
Gian Lombardo

Doing Hatha Yoga
Robert Hill Long

The Mussorgsky Question
Morton Marcus

Leaving the Roadside Motel
Jay Meek

La Feria
Naomi Shihab Nye

Robert Perchan

Theseus and Ariadne
Charles Simic

War Mice
Goran Simic

Letter From the Cabin
Mark Vinz

Rosmarie Waldrop

The Riddle of the Sphinx
Peter Wortsman

Book Review of Russell Edson's The Tunnel: Selected Poems
Morton Marcus

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