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The Swim

The following is what's known as a "prose poem". It is not written in stanzas, but neither is it a free-form poem or blank verse. It is written in paragraph form, but draws upon poetic devices. This one has a few technical faults which I'm in the process of fixing, and a few things that can simply be done better. I have a lot of feedback on this one (so don't tell me that gulls don't chirp! I know!).

There are two things I'm working toward in poetry. One is to present emotions and images. The other is to write with a fixed form of meter and rhymes and such. With a prose poem, I can concentrate on the first topic and simply not worry about the second. Also, these skills can be applied to normal writing.


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