I subscribe to the “poem-a-day” e-mail service from Rattle, a well-regarded and above-average publication. I thought yesterday’s poem, a prose poem, might be of interest to readers of this site, touching, as it does in its way, on notions we frequently consider here.
The prose poem is an interesting genre. Technically, it differs only from “normal” poems by forgoing the technique of the line break, but, in practice, is often “prosier” than a lineated poem and is frequently structured as a narrative.
Both of these are true of “Praise the Lord” by Joseph Bathanti, which may seem to start as an easy jab at an all too easy target, but finishes as Frost said good poems ought to finish.