Academic journal article Chicago Review

You Can Do This in a Sentence

Academic journal article Chicago Review

You Can Do This in a Sentence

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She covets a voice which is never flat or shaking from far away. She gleans that she Uves with a voice which is never collapsed or truthful and in every book she reads she wishes to emulate a voice that is never dull or easy to dismiss as she turns away from the notes on a furnace. The module which controls the fan is broken, an all-inclusive, hot-and-cold package. A voice, she concludes, in an emergency, can regulate temperature and dispatch repairs between three and five p.m.

You can do this in a sentence and sentences have always been the most sinuous part of anatomy, a rupture in being or erasure, uncategorizable, mediation, a voice which is the epic in everything, somatic, drifting, utilitarian, reciting half or slant rhymes skipping like a laser beam. She picks up the phone, home with head in anti-closure school, pressed between battle-mode gems. A voice that is not single-minded is a plank of syllables, or a single letter embossed. You call this "sententical" thought.

The sentence is not merely utterance but underlying and undergarment; it is placed down upon the ground as a blanket before you rechne and it raises you up in the morning. A sentence which is never single-pleated, may be disdained, is often sundered, drenched in ill-formed attitudes, stretched across a countenance or a muddy path. …

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