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REMINDER! Two chances to join OLN LIVE this month!
Thursday, February 16th from 3 to 4 PM EST
AND Saturday, February 18, from 10 to 11 AM EST

You may still link ONE poem as usual for OLN, even if you do not attend a live session.

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Hello dVerse Poets! This is Merril, and today is Prosery Monday where we write prose, not poetry. Prosery can be flash-fiction or creative non-fiction, but it is short prose no longer than 144 words in total (not including the title). It must be prose, not poetry (no versification, line breaks, meter, etc), and most importantly, it must include the given poetry line, word for word, within the prose. You may break the line and add punctuation, but you cannot change the words in the line or insert words.

I’ve chosen a line from a poem by Charlotte Mew (1869-1928). I didn’t know anything about her. She lived a sad life. Several siblings died and others were committed to mental asylums. She, her mother, and sister Anne lived in dire financial circumstances. She did not gain financial success from writing, but she did receive recognition and “praise from the literary community, most notably from Siegfried Sassoon, Sara Teasdale, Ezra Pound, Thomas Hardy, and Virginia Woolf who called Mew ‘the greatest living poetess.’”
Read more about her here:

I always struggle in choosing a line for Prosery because I don’t want to choose one that is too well-known, too long, or includes archaic words. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I’ve chosen a line from one of her poems of lost love titled, “I so liked spring,” which also seems fitting as we in the northern hemisphere head toward spring. I like the poem, matter of fact but elegant.


“This year’s a different thing, –
I’ll not think of you.”

from Charlotte Mew, “I so liked Spring”

Here’s how to take part in the Prosery Prompt:

  • Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose up of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line from the poem.
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