Do prose poems go in the short poetry collections or the short fiction collections?

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Post by Timothy Ferguson » June 12th, 2020, 11:29 pm

Hi,

I'd like to record "Levana and the Ladies of Sorrow" by de Qunicey. He thought it was a poem in prose. What's our take on this?
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Post by TriciaG » June 15th, 2020, 5:54 am

No one has replied, probably because no one knows for sure. :)

Personally, I think poetry has some sort of rhyme and meter. I never understood "prose poems" and consider that an oxymoron. So I'm probably not the best person to answer this. Ha ha!

I'd put it in a short nonfiction collection, if I were Queen of the Universe. But you could ask the BC of the Short Poetry Collection if they'd accept it. (Provide a link to the text so they can look at it.)
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Post by Peter Why » June 15th, 2020, 12:17 pm

Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis is generally considered poetry, despite very few of the poems having rhyme or metre. I'd go for calling something poetry if the author/publisher calls it poetry.

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Post by KevinS » June 15th, 2020, 12:28 pm

Peter Why wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Archy and Mehitabel by Don Marquis is generally considered poetry, despite very few of the poems having rhyme or metre. I'd go for calling something poetry if the author/publisher calls it poetry.

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » June 15th, 2020, 12:30 pm

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/understanding-prose-poetry#what-is-prose-poetry

If you google "Levana and the Ladies of Sorrow" by de Qunicey, the results show that it is widely considered to be a prose poem, so IMO it should go in a poetry collection.
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