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A Box of Bees

A Box of Bees


Exploring the Prose Poem

What the everloving f*ck is a prose poem? In his essay “Prose Poem,” Robert Hass writes the following of this slippery, genre-defying and historic form: “All you have to do is read the scholars to see that it is impossible to define. Prose using all the techniques of poetry except meter, lineation, and rhyme? But there are no techniques special to poetry except meter, lineation, and rhyme." In this six-week online class, we’ll explore the unique narrative, discursive and textural possibilities inherent within the form of the prose poem, while also reading and writing divergent texts that might otherwise be defined as “poetic prose,” “poems that are also essays,” “flash fictions” and “prose/verse hybrids” such as the haibun. The class will be structured around weekly writing and revision prompts, guided by readings by poets and prose stylists such as Virginia Woolf, Robert Hass, Arthur Rimbaud, Carolyn Forché, Mary Jo Bang, Khadijah Queen, Terrance Hayes, Francis Ponge, Eileen Myles, Layli Long Soldier, John Ashbery and Claudia Rankine, among others. Class sessions will meet synchronously via Zoom every Sunday, and assignments, poems and critiques will be shared via Wet Ink

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Emily Skillings
  • Dates: July 11-Aug 15, 2020
  • Time: Sundays, 3-6 PM
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JULY 5, 2020
  • Earlybird discount: $20 off through SUN, MAY 31