This anthology of contemporary British prose poetry is the first of its kind in the UK. It celebrates prose poetry being written by writers such as George Szirtes, Pascale Petit, Carrie Etter, Luke Kennard, Andy Brown, Anthony Rudolf and Richard Gwyn, Linda Black and Kate North as well as new voices. The editor has chosen prose poems that have a distinctly unfussy but refreshingly original way of using the form. Closer to short prose in their economical use of storytelling, but expertly using sounds, tones, twists and rhythms of poetry, these pieces exemplify the craftwork involved in the form.
Homing in on the narrative side of prose poetry, these quirky texts infuse unexpected scenarios with a mild surrealism and a sense of understatement and restraint.
This necessary and groundbreaking anthology is well overdue and will answer some questions poets are considering today about prose poetry, and raise many new ones.
These prose poems are compelling in their elegance, their swift and subtle movements, their embodiment of serious play. In this "borderline" form, life's accepted compartments are thrillingly broken down. Jane Monson has assembled an anthology that is both necessary and imaginatively liberating.
Jane Monson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D in Creative and Critical Writing from Cardiff University. Based in Cambridge, she works as a freelance writer and teacher and book-seller and runs independent Creative Writing courses in Cambridge, London and abroad.
Jane has been short-listed for an Eric Gregory award and commended by Poetry London and the New Writing Partnership. She has reviewed poetry collections for Magma, and the British Journal of Canadian Studies. Her poetry is widely anthologised and published in magazines. Her first collection of prose poetry was Speaking Without Tongues, followed by This Line Is Not For Turning, a critically acclaimed anthology of contemporary British prose poetry, which she edited.