Thursday, April 29, 2004

Great picks Nate. I'm especially curious about what folks think of Karen Volkman's work in prose. I've met her a few times, and I've heard her read some, too, but for some reason it was really hard for me to appreciate what she was doing. Recently, though, I was reading Spar again and I finally found the rhythms of her poems, which are exquisite.

In terms of the rhythmic freedoms and possibilities of the prose poem, I think Volkman does it very well. They fluctuate and vary on themselves: sometimes the beat is extremely strong and varies with a strange sort of regularity (or is that just frequency?), but sometimes the rhythms are very subtle and nuanced.

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