Prose Poem Anthology Cover-page-002narrative (dis)continuities: prose experiments by younger american writers.  Edited by Kristina Marie Darling.  Moria Books, 2013.  Available here.

Praise for narrative (dis)continuities:

“Another line splatters, falls” is a pithy commencement to this anthology of variegated prose poems. Though the poems differ in approach, tensility and focus—from “spatchcocking” to “Victorian novels” to the humorously coined “Autumnal Taco”—they are connected by the form’s often rectangular frame: language staged beneath a proscenium arch instead of on a staircase. The prose poem’s hydra-like proliferation, especially over the past two decades, has demonstrated that it isn’t merely a trend going the way of acid-wash and 8-tracks; it is a renovated form of inquiry, of investigation, and these particular poems are “box[es] filled with knocking.” I hope you’ll listen in.

—Simone Muench, author of Orange Crush

Because of the uncertainty and bewilderment that precede revelation, there is always a feeling of danger, even nervousness, in the best writing. In her brief forward, Kristina Marie Darling promises that this anthology will “recapture the sense of danger inherent in hybrid writing,” and these “prose experiments,” as she aptly calls them, more than deliver. As a whole, this anthology not only exemplifies the variety of forms such experiments take, but also how such attempts can often create the kind of strangeness, coalescence, and suddenness that lead to genuine vision—the kind that make us more awake to beauty and terror, and less sure we are alone.

—Allison Benis White, author of Self-Portrait with Crayon

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