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Jaime Rogers
Question #5: Jamey Dunham states: “I write prose poems because I believe the form of prose instinctively lends itself to the techniques that most interest me in poetry.” What poetic techniques do you find most interesting and instinctive in the prose poem? Dunham further notes, “If one is to pull off what Bly refers to as ‘leaping’ in a poem, I think it is best to do so in a form that doesn’t accentuate the penultimate step or point toward where it will land.” How does the prose poem form enable this ambiguity that Dunham suggests. For Laurel Snyder, “the process of crossing genres (i.e. pp/ff)... changes the lens enough . . . (that it) feels really productive. It changes the slant, the assumptions, the way the work is read.” How does the pp/ff allow you to make this “leap” in a way that remains ambiguous and allows you to subvert previous assumptions?

My artwork is primarily centered on the experiential, and is linked in many ways to phenomenologist ideology. The reaction of the viewer/reader is of utmost importance. I find this appealing because it allows my work be understood in visceral terms that act in conjunction with the conceptual. Prose poetry allows for a certain freedom of imagery, which at the same time, is contained within frame so that it may be “seen” almost all at once. A sensation may be translated instinctively and may be understood in a visceral sense. Intuitive connections that are not often used in language lead to a better understanding of the sensation projected to the reader. The layers of meaning within the language of poetry allows for ambiguity. Words have significance individually and in their grouping, in connotation and resonance. Their significance is enhanced by the way they are framed, yet, it is the lack of a narrative paradigm, within prose poetry, that allows for a “leap” without accentuating the process.


Jamie Rogers is an exhibiting artist, with work shown at the Space Gallery, the High Falls Gallery, the SPAS Gallery, and Wallace Memorial Library in New York, as well as in the Mihalis Gallery and Pitman Photo Gallery in Florida. Her artistic expression often takes form in many media, including photography, painting, installation, and writing. A native Floridian, she has recently returned to Miami, her attention and creativity now directed towards promoting awareness of the increasing devastation of the natural and historic areas in South Florida.