As more poets write prose poems, one of the most common reasons they give for turning to them is that their fluent composition offers a "freedom of expression" lined poetry often restricts. To many, this sounds like a contradiction stemming from the eternal belief that any kind of good poetry has no boundaries. Yet those that write prose poems insist the act of placing their poems into sentences and paragraphs gives them a fresh approach to content and form.
From the introduction by Ray Gonzalez
An appreciative, enlightening survey of an increasingly vital poetic approach, No Boundaries
is the first collection of contemporary prose poetry to present substantial selections (10 poems each) from the works of well-known luminaries alongside poems by upcoming firebrands. By offering ten poems by each poet, this collection allows the reader to explore the work of each contributor in depth. Robert Bly, Russell Edson, Campbell McGrath, and other established poets light the torches held by newcomers Mary Koncel, Gary Young, Linda Dyer, etc. Editor Ray Gonzalez chose to showcase these distinctive writers whose work embodies the diversity of styles and techniques representing the art of the prose poem today.
Maurice Kilwein Guevara
Naomi Shihab Nye
Juan Felipe Herrera
Christine Boyka Kluge
…an invigorating, eclectic read of work that neither seeks to represent a so-called 'genre' nor defines a particular aesthetic urge and agenda.
— Greta Aart, Cerise Press
Gonzalez, as editor, has successfully conveyed the breadth and caliber of the modern American prose poem in these pages and deserves accolades for his choices and clear editorial sense of purpose. Many of these poems are playful, ironic, funny, even silly and because of this they accomplish something marvelous by pushing past the limits of the deadly-serious that too often pervades received concepts of the poetry canon.
— Ann E. Michael, Poets' Quarterly
The Spring Thaw 2004 issue (Volume Five, Number Two) of Iron Horse Literary Review
has a dazzling review of No Boundaries