Poems as sprawling sentences, scenes, drawings

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This past weekend at a reading, artist, poet, educator, Terrance Hayes, referred to his poem as, “another sprawl of a sentence.” I thought that imagery held an important truth. Another reminder that yes the poem is made up of carefully crafted sentences—perhaps snapped off in their middles or long and “relentless”. “The thing about the long sentence,” Hayes described, “is you just can’t pull out of it…The scene must be carried on the tongue—a blind contour drawing.”

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Categories: Education, Inspiration, Writing

3 Comments on “Poems as sprawling sentences, scenes, drawings”

  1. November 20, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Wow, that’s beautiful :) Sentences are amazing things.

    • November 20, 2013 at 5:45 am #

      Thank you. Yes, beautiful sentences are amazing indeed. And to writing, it seems that sentences are like words breathing.

      • November 21, 2013 at 12:32 am #

        Definitely! A great sentence can bring writing to life :)

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