Monday, 16 December 2013

verse novels/novellae

I love verse novels, they are an obscure genre of literature, and all too often under-appreciated.  Some of my favorite books are verse novels, such as the Monkey's Mask by Dorothy Porter (and all the rest of the Porter verse novels - all brilliant) and Love Death and the Changing of the Seasons by Marilyn Hacker.  Not only are verse novels among the best pieces of poetry you are ever likely to read, and are thus enjoyable to readers of poetry, but they are also a great introduction to great poetry for non-readers of verse.

I have spent a large part of my life writing poetry (I was a poet first before all other forms of art) and lately I have been working on serious quantities of prose fiction.  It follows therefore that I should return to something I have tried before, that is verse novels.  To that end I am working on a verse novellae series between other projects.

More to follow.

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