Whether you're writing poetry or prose, you're writing, in all likelihood, sentences. They may be grammatical and syntactical; they may be florid and desperate; they may be incomplete and fragmented--regardless, you are writing sentences. In prose the unit of the measure is the sentence; in poetry the unit of measure is the line--though even when enjambed, a poetic line is still part of a larger whole: A sentence. Join us as we explore syntax, grammar, and music, the cornerstones of any great sentence, whether it be in prose or poetry. We will look at examples of stunning sentences and learn from them how we too can pack meaning, music, and context into our language.
Gary McDowell's Aflame won the 2019 White Pine Press Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in Fall 2020. He is also the author of Caesura: Essays (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2017) and Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None (Burnside Review Press, 2016), among other books. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, New England Review, and The Southern Review.
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