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Jose Hernandez Diaz reads "The Fall" by Russell Edson.

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My name is Jose Hernandes Diaz and the prose poem I'm going to today is called "The Fall" by Russell Edson. I chose this prose poem because Russell is one of my big influences and I feel that the way he improvises in his prose poem, the spontaneity, and the surprise at the end, it really influenced my writing style.

"There was a man who found two leaves and came indoors holding them out saying to his parents that he was a tree.

To which they said then go into the yard and do not grow in the living room as your roots may ruin the carpet.

He said I was fooling I am not a tree and he dropped his leaves.

But his parents said look it is fall."