Why the Reader of Good Prose Poems is Never Sad
Russell Edson
Sarah Manguso~The Believer
In general, Edson’s poems yield aggregate sense rather than accumulated sense. In other words, they need not begin at a position of mystery or obscurity and gradually yield sense, but might vacillate between sense and obscurity as the poem unfolds. Thus, the physical end of the prose poem need not be the physical locus of most sense, just as the physical beginning need not be the locus of most obscurity. Prose poems are antiprosaic prose.
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