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The Intuitive Journey and Other Works

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Unknown Binding, 193 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Matthew
May 14, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, short-stories
The Intuitive Journey and Other Works consists of two books: "The Intuitive Journey" and "The Childhood of an Equestrian"...

My favourite prose poems from "The Intuitive Journey"...
A scientist has a test tube full of sheep. He wonders if he should try to shrink a pasture for them.
They are like grains of rice.
He wonders if it is possible to shrink something of of existence.
He wonders if the sheep are aware if their tininess, if they have any sense of scale. Perhaps they just think the test tube is
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Craig Morgan Teicher
Dec 14, 2007 Craig Morgan Teicher rated it really liked it
I had this out of my college library almost the entire time I was in college.
Eryk
Mar 15, 2011 Eryk rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of prose poetry and flash fiction, with a liking of intense absurdity!
What can I say about Edson, he's one of my favorite prose poets (or of flash fiction, if you prefer--the lines move back and forth on any given day). Published in 1976, he continues till this day to use the same formula of very short, surreal poems that almost read like fairy tales. And you know what? It works. Still. It doesn't go stale. About 75% of the poems in this book involve animals (also very prominent in his other books), with an exceptional liking to frogs, toads, oxen, cows, and apes. ...more
Thomas Baughman
Jul 04, 2011 Thomas Baughman rated it really liked it
Russell Edson is,undoubtedly, the finest unknown poet in the United States today. He is a virtuoso of the prose poem; his brief pieces are are searing satires that contain both a sense of comic irreverence and an ironic sympathy for our absurd lives.
Here are two samples of his work:
A Journey By Water
When we set sail I had no idea the sails would float with wind
like pregnant women.
I brought this to the attention of the captain
He adjusted my offended modesty by saying that the sails were
m
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Amy
Jul 25, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amy by: Chuck Wachtel
i love this man's work. He is absurd and surreal and brilliant. If you can get your hands on this do it for yourself. i once took a kid to the E.R> and read him about half a book of poetry while we waited. It is so imaginative and ludicrous you are bound to fall for it.
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Russell Edson was born in Connecticut in 1935 and currently resides there with his wife Frances. Edson, who jokingly has called himself "Little Mr. Prose Poem," is inarguably the foremost writer of prose poetry in America, having written exclusively in that form before it became fashionable. In a forthcoming study of the American prose poem, Michel Delville suggests that one of Edson's typical "re ...more
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