Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Sentence by Nathan McClain

The Sentence
begins with its subject,
          which is the sentence.
Track the sentence
          to find out what happens
or how it will act. It is
          the subject, after all. To track,
meaning keep an eye on,
          which is synecdoche,
part representing the whole
          of a thing. One
may track a package if he pleases.
          One may track a person,
though you’d probably want
          the whole of him, not only
an eye, or perhaps
          only an eye. Look how
the sentence is so capable
          of embracing contraction.
A him may function
          as a subject, but that depends
upon the sentence, i.e., A man
          is subject to his sentence.
You understand.
          Such syntax renders it like
a package showing evidence
          of having been tampered with—

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