I’m in St. Louis again on business until next Friday. I don’t have any readings planned. I’m working on something new, something I won’t discuss in detail until it is done and it has a home somewhere.

I’m figuring out that I really enjoy the prose poem format, the blur between narrative and poetry. I’ve played with the (lack of) form a lot and the sound, embedding the rhythm in the shapelessness of it. After spending most of 2012 working on Jesus Christ, Boy Detective stuff, this has been a really nice return to what I focused over a decade on getting better at.

Prick of the Spindle was nice enough to review my novella, Bodies Made of Smoke (which you can check out here). I am constantly amazed at where some of these reviews go. I like that I’ve created something that is interpreted so differently by everyone.

I read an eight second excerpt of Bodies Made of Smoke using the new Instagram video feature, which you can see here.

The first three poems of my Porn for the Blind project were accepted awhile ago by Brown God. A year or so later, the issue is finally out. You can check those poems out here.

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  1. I should probably be embarassed by this but I only recently learned what a prose poem is and that sometimes I write them.

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    • I wouldn’t be embarrassed by it at all. Rose Metal Press has some amazing prose poem collections that really bend the genre.

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      • I am for serious kind of obsessed with Rose Metal Press. I have a couple of their beautiful tiny little books. When I have new book money I’m buying the one about prose poems.

        It’s so funny to me when I do something and then someone tells me it is an actual thing I’m doing not just scribbling. Did that even make sense?

      • It does. I only came back to fiction in 2010 and I discovered flash fiction and it was a great way for me to get back to writing it.

      • I like using them when I have a dry spell or when I’m practicing genre writing. I love reading them too. Especially the ones I have to read two or three times before I decide if I like them.

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About J. Bradley

J. Bradley's is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

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