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Lines Are for Suckers: Writing the Prose Poem

Charles Simic: “Writing a prose poem is a bit like trying to catch a fly in a dark room. The fly probably isn’t even there, the fly is inside your head, still, you keep tripping over and bumping into things in hot pursuit. The prose poem is a burst of language following a collision with a large piece of furniture.” Let’s set out the couches, the divans, the settees, and the side tables (with Jorge Borges, Arthur Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein, Anne Carson, Zachary Schomburg, Lydia Davis, and Joy Williams, among others) and go fly hunting. You’ll leave with a batch of new work based on a series of innovative prompts. Open to writers at all levels of experience.

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Instructor: Jason Whitmarsh and Sierra Nelson

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 07/11/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jason Whitmarsh and Sierra Nelson

Jason Whitmarsh's first book, Tomorrow's Living Room, won the 2009 May Swenson Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, the Yale Review, Fence, American Letters & Commentary, and Ploughshares. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.

Sierra Nelson (Typing Explosion, Vis-à-Vis Society), poet, performer, and text-based artist, is author of I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal) and chapbook “In Case of Loss.” Earning her MFA from U.W. (2002), she is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and teaches in Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Rome, Italy.

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