Monday, January 20, 2014

The New Sentence

The New Sentence is in fact the second sentence. Unlike this one, it does not transition. The sentence that follows is not supposed to, and is made so based on perceptions of what is acceptable, based on rhetoric, and that too is a weapon of bourgeois capitalism. Thus, it can only be defined by the sentence that follows and can only injure itself if, as an independent clause (a "simple sentence"), it is joined to another by a semi-colon, which Donald Bartheleme (not G.K. Chesterton, as I thought once) thought "ugly" and likened to a "tick on a dog's belly," and even then I am not sure. According to My Life, Lyn Hejinian is a practitioner of the New Sentence. It is tickless.

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