The Minutes single work   prose   "I ought to be able to read the book but I can't; look instead at men"
  • Author: Laurie Duggan http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/duggan-laurie
Issue Details: First known date: 1996 1996
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Prose sequence with eighteen numbered parts. Author's note in Mangroves indicates that it was completed in 1994.

Notes

  • Epigraph: The very rigid mental image of a squence of words, just as one is taking one's socks off to go to bed, is like a view of mountains from an aeroplane. They lie there making a single but comprehensible shape, with folds in them. But one hoards the sense of distance for fear of being lost if one were down there amongst the verbs and other difficult parts of speech. (Stephen Spender)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Otis Rush no. 12-13 December 1996 Z612868 1996 periodical issue 1996 pg. 74-95
  • Appears in:
    y Mangroves Laurie Duggan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2003 Z1006796 2003 selected work poetry Poems in this selection are grouped into two main sections: Part I Mangroves (2000-2002) and Part II The Night Watch (1988-1994). The author's note (p.ix) explains the significance of this grouping. St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2003 pg. 162-186

Works about this Work

The Mongrel : Australian Prose Poetry Ali Smith , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 4 no. 1 2014; (p. 6-14)

'A prose poem is what it says on the can: a piece of prose that is a poem; poetry, but written in prose. It's a contradiction, an oxymoron, a paradox. The prose poem can be erotic, satirical, funny, elegiac, surreal, angry, descriptive, mystifying, fragmented, fast, slow, realist, fabulist - there is no genre, style or subject that is the especial province of a prose poem. Why, then, does a poet decide on typing without hitting return? Why dose a poet forgo the possibilities of enjambment and caesura? Why write a prose poem?' (Author's introduction: 7)

The Mongrel : Australian Prose Poetry Ali Smith , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 4 no. 1 2014; (p. 6-14)

'A prose poem is what it says on the can: a piece of prose that is a poem; poetry, but written in prose. It's a contradiction, an oxymoron, a paradox. The prose poem can be erotic, satirical, funny, elegiac, surreal, angry, descriptive, mystifying, fragmented, fast, slow, realist, fabulist - there is no genre, style or subject that is the especial province of a prose poem. Why, then, does a poet decide on typing without hitting return? Why dose a poet forgo the possibilities of enjambment and caesura? Why write a prose poem?' (Author's introduction: 7)

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