The prose poem essentially appears as prose, but reads like poetry. This poem is constructed in sentences and paragraphs, as opposed to lines and stanzas. It does maintain a poetic quality and utilizes poetic techniques. Rhythm and pace is intentional.

There isn’t a distinct definition of how you write a prose poem. There are some traits that are common to most prose poetry:

  • Experimentations in syntax and sentence structure.
  • A charting of the unconscious mind.
  • The use of poetic and sonic devices, from metaphors and symbols to assonance and consonance.

You can find additional definition of the term prose poem in A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch.

Below are some examples:

dear white america” Danez Smith

Tired” Fenton Johnson

Flight” Idrissa Simonds


Write a love poem for someone who needs it, even if it is you. Think of the poem as a letter written to the person who needs it. Give it a title that speaks to the intention for the letter.