My one day prose poem workshop at UCLA Extension, 2/1/14, is now filled. It's gonna be fun. I'll be teaching an online class for them in the spring. Hope some of you are interested. You can be in Moscow, Russia, or Rhode Island and take the class!
I'm teaching my annual one day prose poem workshop on Feb 1st. Not only will you learn lots about the prose poem but it's entertaining and we'll write some prose poems in class.
Here's the link: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/Course.aspx?reg=Z7262&qe=true
I hope to see you there.
Oh, this was one of the prose poems written in last year's workshop.
Door-to-door sales is a tradition in my
family. My mother bought me from a door-to-door salesman when I was five weeks
old. I’ve sold everything door-to-door – from silverware to poison, drank Hemlock
three times as a demonstration. Slowly closing the eyes is an effective sales
tool. I was thirty-six when I sold my first tulip, a Red Emperor to a man on
his way to a funeral, stopped him in his driveway. He held the tulip and
sobbed. Selling tulips is selling desire. Other flower salesmen sell clichés.
The tulip is a nightmare rehabilitated, closer to a human heart than a rose. Tulips
are the ears of the dead. My work has hardened my knuckles. At the end of the
day I sit in my car and watch the sun set in the rearview mirror. The Monte Flame
is my favorite tulip, the way its orange and red petals cup every dirty secret
you’ve ever told.
Here's a description of the workshop: For those with some previous training in poetry,
this workshop focuses on creating work
which emphasizes lyrical and innovative language,
personal insight, and individual voice. In
addition, you refine your knowledge of a
number of the craft's formal elements, including
structure, imagery, metaphor, and pace, in order
to stretch the boundaries of your creative
experience. The goal is to produce work which is
ambitious and resonant.