Nonsense and Wonder: An Exploration of the Prose Poems of Jeremy Over
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis essay reveals the delights of the prose poems of Jeremy Over. Setting his work within the tradition of nonsense literature in its ability to reconcile the seemingly irreconcilable, this essay argues that Over goes beyond merely creating clever surprises in order to arouse authentic wonder. Connections are made between Over’s work and that of the Dadaists, Surrealists, Gertrude Stein and such New York poets as John Ashbery. Making the case that nonsense literature can be seen as a way to authenticity and freedom in its resistance to common sense and also to tragic heroism, the essay demonstrates how Over’s prose poems show reality in different possible lights and empower marginalized voices. Finally, Over’s work is set in the context of recent British prose poetry.
CitationSeed, I. (2018-forthcoming). Nonsense and Wonder: An Exploration of the Prose Poems of Jeremy Over' in British Prose Poetry: Poems Without Lines. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
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