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The Floating Bridge

Prose Poems (Pitt Poetry)

David Shumate


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I was deeply taken by David Shumate's The Floating Bridge. There is none better working now at this very difficult genre, the prose poem. - Jim Harrison Even the most enthusiastic partisans of the form will tell you that good prose poems are nearly as rare as good sonnets, the manatee, or Republicans with a social conscience, and thus the canny and compelling prose poems of David Shumate's The Floating Bridge are especially welcome.

Praise For The Floating Bridge: Prose Poems (Pitt Poetry)

“I was deeply taken by David Shumate’s The Floating Bridge.  There is none better working now at this very difficult genre, the prose poem.”
—Jim Harrison

"Shumate's collection consists of over 50 gems . . .  each one loaded with the living essence that hovers just beyond rationality's gate. Shumate is a master of this forthright form [prose poetry]. His book is a key to the room where dreams are stored."

"David Shumate vanquishes once and for all the notion that the prose poem is somehow inherently 'not a real poem.' This collection exhibits a sustained level of innate lyricism and imaginism rarely seen even in conventional lyric free verse. Unfailingly, the little prose jewels in The Floating Bridge exhibit the most fundamental property of fine poems: each whole is many times greater than the sum of its parts."
--Cider Press Review

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822959892, 73pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008