Doren Robbins


Foothill College 12345 El Monte Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 32949-7678

Author's Bio

From Prose Poetry Statement of Craft for Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California (ed. Christopher Buckley and Gary Young 2008).

I do not work in formal structures, but I have worked diligently to create free verse and prose poem styles that retain the dynamics of what Walt Whitman called “the poetic quality.” My book, Parking Lot Mood Swing: Autobiographical Monologues and Prose Poetry, is formulated in prose, but it still retains poetic elements and qualities dynamically concerned with rhythm, repetition, metaphor, dream consciousness, lists, parallelism, diatribe, satire, elegy, comic-hyperbole, dramatic and interior monologue. It is well known that Ford and Pound believed poetry should be at least as well written as prose; the opposite is also true, especially in terms of sensitivity to sound, not to mention an active rhythmic phrasing flowing directly or erratically as emotional tone forces arrangements of meaning. Usually let down by what poetry omits, not to mention the glib self-satisfied manner of its implicit sense of such omission, I prefer exploring the works Celine, Miller, Beckett, Marguerite Young, Bellow, Kundera, Philip Roth, Thomas Bernard and Stephen Dixon. Yes, there are exceptions in poetry, and I am not arguing for the dominance of anything here; writers, once they find themselves, do what they like, that’s no secret. As a reader and as a writer I have a strong drive for the moment of serious or comic epiphany or non-epiphany that leads to insight. I found many of my “poems” dragging because they sometimes contained subjects demanding greater exposition, something other than lyrical, condensed, image-driven lines.

Publications & Prizes

Title To Pussy Riot (Imaginary Friend Press, 2018)
Amnesty Muse (Lost Horse Press, 2011)
My Piece of the Puzzle (Eastern Washington University Press, 2005)
ParkingLot Mood Swing: Autobiographical Monologues and Prose Poetry (Cedar Hill Books, 2004)
Driving Face Down (Eastern Washington University Press, 2001)
Sympathetic Manifesto (Perivale Press, 1987)
5 A.M.
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Miramar Poetry Journal
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Solo Novo
Spillway Magazine
Sulphur Review
Prizes won: 

PEN Josephine Miles book award
Blue Lynx Book Award
Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award
Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship
3 Chester H. Jones Foundation
7 Pushcart Prize nominations

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What I'm reading now: 
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Diary by Witold Gombrowicz , Aspects of Antiquity by M.I. Finley, What Kind Of Creatures Are We? by Noam Chomsky, Language And Responsibility by Noam Chomsky

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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Sep 26, 2016