Robert Alexander

Family Portrait: American Prose Poetry, 1900-1950


A collection of prose poems and flash fiction by Modernist American authors, both well-known and nearly-forgotten. Contains work by thirty authors, including Sherwood Anderson, Paul Bowles, Kay Boyle, Harry Crosby, H. D., T. S. Eliot, Kenneth Patchen, Gertrude Stein, and William Carlos Williams. With an introduction by Margueritte S. Murphy, and an afterword by the editor.

Selected Works

Poetry
A chapbook of prose shorts.
"If there's such a thing as a Midwestern prose poem, Alexander surely invented it."—Peter Johnson
“A lucid and totally engrossing book of poems.” —Jim Harrison
Nonfiction
"A fascinating tale of political intrigue, land speculation, and sectional haggling"--Jon Kukla
“Five Forks is a splendid and intriguing study. The prose is improbably lucid and lovely." —Jim Harrison
Anthologies
“An important addition to the burgeoning exploration of brief prose and flash fiction . . . an abundance of rich, fragmented, carefully crafted moments.”—Tara L. Masih
"An essential addition to our library of American literature."—Lydia Davis
Includes voices from Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States.
"For North American prose poetry - the definitive anthology."—Peter Johnson