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RUSSELL EDSON

Russell Edson(1935 - ) Identified as "the leading practitioner of the prose poem since ... Ponge" in "Notes on the Authors" in Models of the Universe: An Anthology of the Prose Poem, wherein one can find these two examples, which otherwise speak for themselves.

 

   

 


The Canoeing


     We went upstairs in a canoe. I kept catching my paddle in the banisters.
     We met several salmon passing us, flipping step by step; no doubt to find the remembered bedroom. And they were like the slippered feet of someone falling down the stairs, played backward as in a movie.
     And then we were passing over the downstairs closet under the stairs, and could feel the weight of dark overcoats and galoshes in a cave of umbrellas and fedoras; water dripping there, deep in the earth, like an endless meditation . . .
     . . . Finally the quiet waters of the upstairs hall. We dip our paddles with gentle care not to injure the quiet dark, and seem to glide for days by family bedrooms under a stillness of trees . . .

 

   
   

 

   
   


The Fall


     There was a man who found two leaves and came indoors holding them out saying to his parents that he was a tree.

     To which they said then go into the yard and do not grow in the living-room as your roots may ruin the carpet.

     He said I was fooling I am not a tree and he dropped his leaves.
     
     But his parents said look it is fall.

 

   

"The Canoeing" and "The Fall" © Russell Edson. Reprinted with permission from Oberlin College Press. All rights reserved. Appeared in Models of the Universe: An Anthology of the Prose Poem, Stuart Friebert and David Young, Eds. (Ohio: Oberlin College Press 1995).

 

   

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