I have come to realize I don't understand prose poems. I have read quite a few lately (boy, they're pretty popular among "contemporary" poets) and have figured out what I thought were once prose poems, aren't. They are big, unyielding blocks of metaphor and ramble. Perhaps it is harsh, perhaps not harsh enough. I have seen excellent images swallowed whole by encompassing drivel and sprawling, delicious sound soured by too much text.
I am a poetry dinosaur. I don't think they're "cool" and "experimental".
I also have problems with spacing and line placement in poems. Oh, before you jump on me, I am NOT saying all poems have to have neat, matching stanzas or anything of the kind. But, sometimes, I see poems that have odd formatting for NO purpose. It doesn't enhance the text, as it should or add anything but oddity to its visual presence. People are taking more liberty with formatting and, in a digital age where things are often read on mobile devices, I think it is a bad liberty. Spacing your lines across the page because your poem is about distance is GOOD. Doing it because it is "edgy" is BAD. See the difference?
I don't know. Maybe I am just from an age that has gone by. It WOULD explain why my work sees heaps of rejection. I don't write paragraphs with no end. I don't toss words on paper like spray paint. There are other things that irk me but these are the worst so far.
Am I wrong to feel this way?