Do you love them? Each entry gets a page of its own, and few traditional novels do that. Verse novels have a strong use of white space. The book is compact, resonant and intense, not words usually associated with prose.
Helen Frost: I recently saw a video of a surfer riding a very long wave—five minutes or so—and I thought that was an image of how it feels to work on a novel-in-poems when it is going well. Revising and re-reading is essential. Her website is: www.
This does not suggest a lack of rigour; the mind is both relaxed and strong in its movement. Often though not always verse novels are told from a very close first-person point of view.
Although the verse novel will continue to be steeped in ambiguity based on its fusion of poetry and narrative, a more extensive exploration of affect and emotion in the role of writing the verse novel may bring further elucidation to this hybrid form.
Rose lives in New Mexico with her family.