The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – Your Favorite Poetic Prose…

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die.

For a long time though, Tyler and I were best friends.

People are always asking, did I know about Tyler Durden.

The barrel of the gun pressed against the back of my throat, Tyler says, “We really won’t die.”

With my tongue I can feel the silencer holes we drilled into the barrel of the gun.

-Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

So begins my first or second favorite novel of all time.  In the most recent printing of Chuck Palahniuk’s breakthrough, thought-provoking, mind-changing novel there is a preface where he explains that, yes, before Brad Pitt, there was a book (and, in case you missed it, books are always better).

If you have been fortunate enough to hear/see Chuck speak, he will often tell you that before there was a book (Fight Club) there was Chapter Six: The rules of Fight Club.  A chapter that was written as a short story.  A short story that is an amazing piece of poetry:

M Y B O S S S E N D S me home because of all the dried blood on my pants, and I am overjoyed.

Every time I hear someone say they like the movie, I tell them to read the book.  It will take about the same amount of time.  The stream of conscious, minimalist style tends for quick read, but the poetry of the prose pulls you from page to page.

When I pass people in the hall at work, I get totally ZEN right in everyone’s hostile little FACE.
Worker bees can leave
Even drones can fly away
The queen is their slave

We’ve discussed lyrical poets, but what about prosaic poets?  Those whose words, written as prose, force the irony that causes the apparent oxymoron of the very term “prosaic poet”?

QOTD – Which books, stories, chapters, passages, or authors do you love as poetic prose? Simply, what prose do you consider poetry?

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

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