But how then does poetry seep into prose? How to write prose like a poet? Is it about the arrangement of sentences? Scenes? Letting go of clear transitions?

With ocean vuong in On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Vuong, I noticed the following:

  • He puts paragraph together like a collage.
  • He intersperses two images in one paragraph or one sentence (e.g., describes a beautiful day with his mom then suddenly drops an image of her mom hurting him)


Vuong, O. (2021). On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Reprint edition). Penguin Books.