I've been reading James Tate lately. For those who don't know him, Tate was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who, towards the end of his life, wrote prose poems that read like highly structured short stories. He also actually wrote a few books of amazing, surreal short stories that remind me of Kawabata Yasunari's "palm-of-the-hand stories."
It's funny, I walked past his office almost every day when I was an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but it's only now—twenty years later and two years after his death—that I'm picking up his books. I'm currently reading Dome of the Hidden Pavilion and Dreams of a Robot Dancing Bee.
Definitely check them out!