Peter Johnson almost singlehandedly revived the currency of the prose poem during the nineties and early oughts with his journal The Prose Poem, which has now been digitized in full by the Phillips Memorial Library at Providence College. In addition to reviving Russell Edison’s career, Johnson has had a substantial impact on establishing the arc of the prose poem in contemporary poetry from its provenance in Aloyisius Betrand and Baudelaire to such James Tate, Denise Duhammel, Charles Simic, Nin Andrews, Harriet Mullen, Jeff Friedman, Robert Bly, Bill Knott, Stephen Berg, Mark Strand, David Ignatow, and W.S. Merwin. His new anthology of prose poems, The Cast Iron Airplane That Actually Flies is scheduled for publication this fall.
“The Prose Poem and the Problem of Genre”
When it comes to deciding on whether a work of short prose is a prose poem, a flash fiction,