As a writer, reader and ridiculous fan of poetry (I’ve had an intellectual crush on Henry Taylor since, like, college), I would never slam or trivialize the form.
It kind of bugs me that writers of traditional prose style books don’t say, "gee, before I decided NOT to write this novel in verse I had to think hard about why this story really NEEDED to be written in prose."
right-aligned textand white space and yet nobody asks WHY AREN'T THESE BOOKS WRITTEN IN "TRADITIONAL" PROSE?
I am a writer of poems and stories and plays (and text messages right back to those teenagers of mine). And I feel like my head is exploding with ideas of language while lots of other heads are exploding all around me and
I DON’T WANT TO BE PUT IN A BOX THAT SAYS, “poet” or “novelist” or “YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE.”
So, I’m making up a new term for what I write.
PLEASE do not confuse it with the the "split-line prose," a phrase spat in accusation by some literary sorts who see some kind of bright line between paragraphs and poems that I guess I just don't see. Fractured prose is a kind of writing for people living in a world that embraces all kinds of culture, identity, forms of expression, imagery, music, and maybe
IT IS ALL POETRY.
I’M DONE MAKING ARGUMENTS FOR OR AGAINST using the language however I need to tell a story.
Just wait ‘til you read my next book ;)