Issue #2, 1994

Poets Writing Prose

Contrary to popular belief, poetry is much closer to nonfiction than one might imagine. On the most basic level poems are, in essence, nonfiction--spirtual and literal truth--presented in free form or verse. In addtion, the skills and objectives of the best poets are the skills and objectives most vital in the writing of “fact” pieces.

Poets seem as consistently in control, not only of the structure of essays, but also in scope and range of vision, and the essays collected in Creative Nonfiction #2: "Poets Writing Prose" illustrate just that. Featuring work by Margaret Gibson, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, Christopher Buckley, and others. 

This issue is out of print.

Table of Contents

FROM THE EDITOR: On "Poets Writing Prose" and Journalists Writing Poetry Lee Gutkind ... read more
Thou Shalt Not Kill Margaret Gibson
How Does a Poet Put Bread on the Table? Adrienne Rich
Work-ups—Baseball and the '50s Christopher Buckley
Lost in Translation Steven Harvey
Haworth Judith Kitchen
A Different Kind of Two-fisted, Two-breasted Terror: Seymore Krim and Nonfiction Michael Stephens
Menagerie Richard Hague
I Give Up Smiling Donald Morrill
The Necessity of Poetry Charles Simic


Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is the author of fourteen books of poetry and editor of several anthologies. He has published two books of creative... read more

Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson has published five books of poems, the most recent of which, "The Vigil" (1993) was a finalist for the National Book Award... read more

Richard Hague

Richard Hague has published three collections of poetry over the past decade. "Menagerie", in this issue, is part of a collection of essays... read more

Steven Harvey

Steven Harvey is the author of “Geometry of Lilies,” “Lost in Translation: Personal Essays about Love and Change” and is the editor of a... read more

Judith Kitchen

Judith Kitchen was the author of five collections of essays, including the novella-length The Circus Train (2014), and the winner of two... read more

Donald Morrill

Donald Morrill's prose and poetry have appeared in a number of magazines, including Grand Tour, New Virginia Review, The Southern Review,... read more

Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich is one of America's most distinguished poets. Her works have been translated into a dozen languages. She lives in California. read more

Charles Simic

Charles Simic is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1990 and was the... read more

Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens's most recent book, "Green Dreams, Essays Under the Influence of the Irish," published in 1994 by the University of... read more