chasing the soul (novapsyche) wrote in 13_blackbirds,
chasing the soul

Assignment: All One Sentence

This exercise comes from Richard Jackson and is called "Breathless, Out of Breath".

This is a formal exercise in developing and stretching syntax. The assignment is to write a poem of considerable length, say fifty to sixty medium-length lines, that consists of one sentence. A good preparation is to read a syntactically intricate poet like [Wallace] Stevens (say, "Prologues to What is Possible") or [John] Ashbery, or a prose writer like Henry James or William Faulkner. The point is to try to keep the sentence pushing ahead, grammatically correct, and draped across the lines in variable ways.
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