Exactly what it sounds like—okay, not really. Most of you have lovely consciences and kiss your mothers every night before bed, I'm sure!
But the rest of us are gonna have some fun in the meantime.
No quotes necessary. Just debate.My background isn't in literature at all, but being a hardheaded, opinionated bundle of joy, I get off to this kind of thing. I'm inviting all of you to chime in on an issue that surely has no right answer, regardless of whether or not you've studied it or experienced it or whatever. It's the Internet, dude.
So what the hell is prosetry, anyway? Actually, that's exactly what we're here to debate. While Wikipedia has an article on prose poetry, it's got nothing for either 'prosetry' or 'proem.'
And because something as simple as asking you all whether or not you think 'prose poetry' is Option 3 to prose and poetry would be boring (yes/no questions? Ugh, never!) I also demand to know who gets to define it. Is it the author? The critics? A select group—an Academy—whose role it is to preserve the sanctity of
the French language stylistic and genre classifications in creative writing? How about the people who make magazines, or the people who keep these things running through small donations or give those lovely endowments to their alma mater?
Should 'prose poetry' exist as a separate category? Regardless of your answer to the first part, who should be making the official decision? (And what exactly would an official decision be, anyway?)
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Ad hominem arguments automatically get a . Look, I don't care what the fuck you were thinking. It's not cool and it's not productive. The point of me doing this in a journal is to create a safer space for those of you who are intimidated by the forums or don't generally feel comfortable supporting an argument on logic alone when everyone else is going around citing their sources (like a boss).
That said, you can be as Wikipediatastic as you like. Dude, citing sources is awesome. I'm making this very informal so it's not necessary, but if you've got books or stories or poems to reference, by all means do so! Even better if you can link to a place they're available online, for those of us who spend all day staring at a computer as our brains slowly seep out, but whatever. I'll make that library trip if I have to. Also, don't link to your own work. No, non, nope.
Last rule: by posting here, you are inviting anyone to challenge your views. If you have a serious problem making conversations like a grownup when someone doesn't agree with you, this is not the place for you. See above, re: ad hominem dick kicks. I can and I will. But please don't be afraid to be the minority opinion! I'm planning to Devil's Advocate everything—to the point where I refuse to reveal what side I fall on until pressed on it—so you've got at least one supporter. Maybe.
I'll argue with you, too.